Yaya Toure has accused his former manager Pep Guardiola of being biased towards white players and has hinted that the former Barcelona man was unjust towards African players.
Toure left Manchester City at the end of the current season and after leaving the Premier League champions the 35-year-old has dropped a bombshell.
Yaya has revealed that Guardiola was cruel to him which is a train that he rarely showed with other players. And in saying so the Ivorian has hinted that he might have been treated differently because of his skin colour.
Toure told France Football: “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 a 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 acknowledgement or respect, did everything to spoil my last season.
“He was cruel to 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.”
Yaya Toure featured very little under Pep Guardiola this past season and this is not the first time that Toure has moved out of a club where Guardiola is the manager – the first instance being Barcelona.