Pep Guardiola has refuted claims he does not like black players as alleged by Yaya Toure, branding the midfielder’s comments ‘lies’. in a recent interview with Spain TV.
Toure left City at the end of the season following eight hugely successful years but he brew up a storm earlier this week by claiming in an interview with France Football that Guardiola does not like picking African players. Toure once had problem under Pep during his years at Barcelona, he was once again an outcast at Man City.
Kevin De Bruyne quickly leapt to Guardiola’s defence and now the City manager has himself moved to quash Toure’s serious allegations.
‘They were lies and he knows it,’ he told TV3 in Spain. ‘We were together for two years and he says it now – he never told me to my face.’
Toure fell out of favour under Guardiola last season, making just one Premier League start all campaign as City marched to the title in record-breaking fashion.
And the Ivory Coast midfielder claims the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss was ‘cruel’ to him in his final year at the Etihad.
‘Pep did everything to spoil my last season. He was cruel with me,’ Toure told France Football. ‘Do you really think he could’ve been like that with Andres Iniesta?
‘It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour. I am not the first. Other Barcelona players asked the question.