Pep Guardiola has problems with African players, says Yaya Toure

Pep Guardiola has problems with African players, says Yaya Toure

Furthermore, Toure accused Guardiola of being manipulative, insinuating that the Spanish coach feels threatened by him.

Now his agent Seluk has continued the offensive by saying that Toure would practically play for free for a top six Premier League club against Guardiola.

Toure, an Ivory Coast global, played for Guardiola at Barcelona for two seasons until he was sold to City in 2010 for £24m.

He played just 17 times in the 2017/18 English Premier League season and admits he wondered if it was due to his "colour".

Toure said: "I do not know why but I have the impression that he was jealous, he took me for a rival".

"I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment".

"But when you realise that he has problems with Africans, wherever he goes, I ask myself questions".

"To proving to the Manchester City fans that Yaya is not finished with football". Toure's presence in the squad might not do very much for squad chemistry and his previous antics when left out of the team or unfavoured for long periods - look for example at the fuss he made over not being bought a birthday cake buy Manchester City - do not bode well.

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In an interview given to France Football, Toure said that he wanted to "break the myth" about Guardiola, who he also played under while at Barcelona.

Toure has previously stated he wants to stay in the Premier League, and he clearly has a desire to prove Guardiola wrong. As if I made him a little self-conscious.

"Maybe us Africans aren't always treated the same by certain people", Toure said. "It'll be like an African curse on him".

Buffon was enraged by referee Michael Oliver's decision to award Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty during the second leg at the Bernabeu and lost control, screaming at and jostling the Englishman until he was shown a red card.

"Every time we passed each other, he seemed embarrassed".

'I think a player like Yaya would be good for a club like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Tottenham or Liverpool.

"And never before has a top footballer with leadership qualities rejected any club, especially when they don't have to pay for it".

Selyuk also poked fun at Guardiola's Bayern Munich tenure while insisting the Spaniard will never win the Champions League with City. Later, though, the two parties called a truce, and Toure even signed a one-year contract extension.

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