RACISM: Yaya Toure Claims Guardiola Was Cruel To Him
Though many wonder why Yaya Toure did not talk when he was under manager, Pep Guardiola, it is believed that ‘it is better late than never’.
Toure left Manchester City in May, less than one month ago, and he has chosen to speak out about Guardiola.
In an interview with France Football, the Ivorian claimed that Guardiola, who was also his manager at Barcelona, has problems with African players.
"I want to be the one who breaks the myth Guardiola.
"I tried to understand. I even asked softly my stats to physical trainers. And when I realized that they were as good or better, both in training and match, as those who played and were younger than me, I understood that it was not question of physics.
"I do not know why but I have the impression that (Pep Guardiola) was jealous, he took me for a rival. As if I made him a little shade.
"He was cruel to me. Do you really think Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I came to wonder if it was not because of my color."
"I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barça, some have also asked the question. Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others. When we realize that he often has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.
"He pretends not to have any, because he is too intelligent to be trapped. He will never admit it. But the day he will align a team in which we find five Africans, not naturalized, promised I will send him a cake!”
Toure joined City in 2010 for £24m after two seasons at Barcelona. Having spent eight years at Etihad, he was disappointed.
He won six major trophies in England but stared in just one Premier League game in City's latest title-winning campaign - their final home fixture of the season against Brighton.
Toure completed 86 minutes against Brighton, which was his last game at City.
The English Premier League champions have not responded to Toure's claim.
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