Pep Guardiola speaks out on Yaya Toure racism claims

Man City news: Pep Guardiola speaks out on Yaya Toure racism claims

Man City news: Pep Guardiola speaks out on Yaya Toure racism claims

The Ivory Coast global, who brought to an end a successful eight-year spell at the Etihad Stadium last month, launched a scathing attack on the City manager this week.

"It's a lie and he knows it", Guardiola was quoted as saying by Marca in an interview with Catalan station TV3. "We were together two years and now is when he says it".

"They were lies, and he knows it", he said.

However players like Eidur Gudjohnsen (who played under Guardiola at Barcelona) and Kevin De Bruyne had come out in defence of Guardiola.

"I watch a little and from the outside you see a very cool team and I see that it has lost only one game in the League".

Guardiola initially remained silent last week in the aftermath of a series of damning accusations made by Toure and his agent, who insisted he wanted to "break the Guardiola myth" after moaning that his former boss had deliberately ruined his final season at the Etihad Stadium. "But the day he picks a team with five Africans in, I promise I will send him a cake!"

But he was limited to just 17 appearances in all competitions last season. (He had) 365 and 365 (days) to tell me (his feelings). It was a fantastic age where I was taking on the world and we took it on, with some incredible players, a young president [Joan Laporta], Txiki [Begiristain, now City's director of football].

"We had a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world [Lionel Messi] as well".

"President? No, I am a coach and I am good at what I do, you can't be everything", he said.

"I even asked coaches for my stats".

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