Manchester City's Pep Guardiola questions Yaya Toure's motives after African player allegations

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola questions Yaya Toure's motives after African player allegations

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied Yaya Toure's claim that he didn't pick the Ivorian at Barcelona due to the colour of his skin.

Toure fell out of favour under Guardiola last season, making just one Premier League start all campaign as City marched to the title in record-breaking fashion. "We were together two years and now is when he says it".

"He knows that I'm not racist", he told Televiso de Catalunya.

Eto'o and Ibrahimovic were traditional strikers who came alive in the box but didn't contribute much to the team build up, something Guardiola considers an important attribute from his forwards.

"He turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City", he said.

"It was a fantastic era where I was taking on the world and we took it on together".

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'They were lies and he knows it, ' he told TV3 in Spain. He will never admit it.

Toure made his final appearance for City in a 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in May.

Guardiola initially remained silent in the aftermath of a series of damning accusations made by Toure and his agent last week.

Pep Guardiola has ruled out ever returning to coach Barcelona again, and says that "the stars aligned" during his first stint in charge. It was a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world.

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

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

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