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Guardiola denies Toure claims of not liking Africans

11 June 2018
Guardiola denies Toure claims of not liking Africans

Ivorian global midfielder Toure had told France Football magazine earlier this week that he had questioned whether his skin "colour" had contributed to him being little used by Guardiola during City's record-breaking run to the Premier League title last season.

City's other record-making antics included most wins (30), most goals (106) and most consecutive wins (18), although debate continues over whether Guardiola's side are better than Arsenal's "Invincibles" team fo 2003/04, who went the entire top-flight campaign undefeated.

When asked about Toure's comments on Spanish show TV3, Guardiola revealed what he really thought. "We were together for two years, and he says it now-he never told me to my face". (He had) 365 and 365 (days) to tell me (his feelings).

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

We're not quite sure why Toure made those comments but given the reaction from his former teammates and Guardiola himself, it seems they made more out of spite than any sort of evidence.

Guardiola also insists he will never return for a second stint as Barcelona head coach and has no interest in becoming Camp Nou president.

Toure, 35, who won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his eight years at the Etihad Stadium, said of his former manager in France Football: "I'm not the first person to talk about his different ways of treating people". "I was at a fantastic age in which I was taking on the world".

"We had a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world [Lionel Messi] as well. When I stop coaching, you will find me playing golf". In the season just gone, while the midfielder was on the periphery for much of the campaign, City dominated the Premier League and clinched the League Cup too.