Yaya Toure Accuses Pep Guardiola of Racism, Says He Doesn't Like African PlayersJune 4, 2018
Yaya Toure has given an explosive interview to France Football, accusing Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola of racism and being jealous of the Ivorian. He also said he wants to "destroy the Pep myth."
The full interview will be released Tuesday, but France Football released a preview Monday. Football writer Matt Spiro shared several quotes on Twitter:
Toure left Manchester City at the end of the 2017-18 campaign with his contract running out. The 35-year-old also worked under Guardiola at Barcelona before leaving for City in 2010.
He never made a secret of his poor relationship with Guardiola, and there were several high-profile incidents between the two. In 2016, Guardiola told reporters the veteran would be benched until his agent apologised for comments he made about the tactician, per BBC Sport.
They found a way to make things work, however, and while Toure wasn't an automatic starter under Guardiola, his contributions did not go unnoticed. Just last month, the Spaniard heaped praise on Toure ahead of his final home match for the club, as reported by Goal's Matt Dorman:
"It's a big occasion. We will try to play for him and win for him.
"What makes clubs greater and bigger are the players and Yaya Toure is one of them. He's an extraordinary person, he's beloved in the dressing room, he doesn't feel pressure.
"We will not judge Yaya on this season. He is the only guy last season who finished his contract who we extended because I thought he could help us."
Toure clearly didn't leave the club feeling the same way, however.
Sportswriter Simon Bajkowski is already looking forward to the full interview:
Per Sport Witness' Tom Coast, Toure hinted at a possible move to Marseille this summer in the same interview.