Pep Guardiola Denies Racism Allegation, Calls It A Lie

Man City boss Pep Guardiola speaks out on Yaya Toure racism allegations

The Catalan coach has defended himself against Toure’s claims

Former Manchester City mainstay Yaya Toure caused a stir this past week by claiming that Pep Guardiola had a dislike for African players.

Toure has since made it known that he wants to sign for another Premier League club so that he can compete against City and Guardiola next season, with his agent, Dimitry Seluk, even suggesting his client would sign for wages of just £1 a week, plus bonuses. "He never told me face to face", he added.

"He is beloved, he is calm, he loves football and I'm very pleased with the success he has had", said the manager, per the City website.

Toure has twice been sold by Guardiola to other clubs now.

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

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"Toure previously spent two years playing under Guardiola at Barcelona, too, before he was sold to City by the Catalan coach in 2010".

Toure played his final game for City late in the season against Brighton & Hove Albion and was given a tremendous send-off by the Etihad Stadium.

When asked about Toure's comments on Spanish show TV3, Guardiola revealed what he really thought.

City and Guardiola initially declined to comment on the quotes, but the latter has now made it clear he totally refutes Toure's comments. We had a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world (Lionel Messi) as well.

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

Xavi left for Qatar two seasons ago and Andres Iniesta left for Japan at the end of this season - arguable the two most influental players in the side.

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