Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has weighed in on the row between his manager Pep Guardiola and his former Citizens teammate Yaya Toure.
In an astonishing interview with a French publication earlier this week, the Ivorian suggested that his time with Guardiola at Barcelona paved the way for an uncomfortable two seasons in England, and accused the Spaniard of disliking African players.
Belgium international De Bruyne has now claimed he did not read Toure's comments, but hinted that the 35-year-old might have fallen out of favour last season because he was not fit enough.
"I do not know what Yaya said, or if it is wrongly written or exaggerated. When you do not play, there's always something you try to find," the Belgian told BBC World Football.
"We had the best season ever so, in the end, the coach took the right decision to play with the team who played a lot.
"So, this year, the trainer probably thought he (Yaya) wasn't doing enough, wasn't fit enough."
Toure played 128 games under Guardiola in his career, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 13 strikes.
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