Toure says Guardiola ‘has problem with African players’

PARIS- Midfielder Yaya Toure has accused Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola of “having problems with Africans”.

In a interview published by France football magazine he said, “He insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out,”

“But when you realise that he has problems with Africans, wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.”

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“I’m not the first to talk of these differences in treatment. At Barcelona I know that some also asked questions.”

“Last summer, when Pep brutally got rid of (Wilfried) Bony, who had been signed a year earlier for a huge sum, I asked questions,” Toure said.

File: Sudan’s Aminu Umar (R) and Ivory Coast’s Wilfried Bony vie for the ball during their Africa Cup of Nations group I qualification football match at the Al-Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman on March 29, 2016. Credit: AFP

Toure whose leaving the club at the end of June continued to say, “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted to take revenge on me, who was jealous of me, who took me for his rival. I felt humiliated,”

“There had already been some tensions,” said Toure, who added that he was now taking responsibility for “being the one who smashed the myth of Guardiola.”

Guardiola is “very rigid,” Toure said.

“Other players will never say so in public, but some have told me they finish by detesting him because he is manipulative and plays a lot of mind games.”

“As he is very vain, he wants to win with his players, those he chose, not those chosen by others. It’s his project.”

Toure record at City was playing 319 matches over eight seasons and won three times the Premier League and the FA Cup once.

He added, “To encourage me to be patient on the bench, he told me: ‘take the opportunity to sit close to me. That will be useful to you as an apprenticeship for you future trade.’ What I wanted wasn’t to start my retraining but to play football because I feel I can still do it.”

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