Toure accuses Guardiola of prejudice towards African players
NEWS DIGEST – The four-time African footballer of the year, Yaya Toure has criticised Manchester City manager- Pep Guardiola of cruelty towards players from Africa.
“I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth.
I tried to understand it and I even asked coaches for my stats. When I realised that they were as good or better, both in training and in matches, as those who played and were younger than me, I understood that it was not question of physicality. I don’t know why but I have the impression that he was jealous, he took me for a rival.
I have the impression that Pep, without acknowledgment or respect, did everything to spoil my last season.
He was cruel with me. 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’m not the first, other Barca players asked the question too.
Maybe us Africans aren’t always treated the same by certain people. When you see the problems [Pep] has often had with African players, everywhere he has been, I ask myself questions.
He’s too intelligent to be caught. He’ll never admit [not liking African players]. But the day he picks a team with five Africans in it, I promise I will send him a cake!
Beyond that, Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players who kiss his hands. I don’t like that kind of relationship. I respect my coach but I’m not his thing.”
Toure made just one start in the Premier League in his last season at City, being given the captain’s armband in their penultimate match.
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