Pep Guardiola: Yaya Touré’s accusation over African players is a lie

  • Pep Guardiola: Yaya Touré’s accusation over African players is a lie

Pep Guardiola: Yaya Touré’s accusation over African players is a lie

Pep Guardiola has defended himself against Yaya Toure's accusation that he has a problem with African players, calling the Ivorian's claim a "lie".

Toure is leaving Manchester City this summer when his contract expires, and he launched a tirade against his former manager last week, suggesting Guardiola has issues with African players.

"At a time when English clubs are spending huge sums of money on players, I officially declare that Yaya is ready to move to any top-six English club as a free agent with a salary of £1 per week", he said.

City and Guardiola initially declined to comment on the quotes, but the latter has now made it clear he totally refutes Toure's comments.

Toure played 319 matches over eight seasons with the Sky Blues and won the Premier League three times and the FA Cup once.

And when you consider his 316 appearances, scoring 79 goals, you'd think he will be going down as as a true City legend.

"He insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out", Toure had said.

"It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour". He'll never admit it [not liking Africans].

"It's a lie and he knows it", Guardiola told TV3 in Spain.

"We were together for two years and now this is when he says it. He never told me face-to-face".

He made just 17 appearances across the entire season as he was quickly fazed out of the team by Guardiola, who also sold the 35-year-old when he was in charge of Barcelona in 2010.