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Yaya: Pep Doesn't Like African Players, I Want To Expose Him

It is well known that Manchester City legend Yaya Toure did not have the best relationship with manager Pep Guardiola at FC Barcelona or in England, but in an astonishing new interview, the African superstar has made a shocking claim about the Spaniard.

Click through the gallery above to see Africans who have played under Guardiola over the years.

Many believed Toure would be sold when Guardiola took over at City at the beginning of the 2016/17 season, given the midfielder's history with the Spaniard.

The Ivory Coast man was frozen out of the manager's plans at Barca in the 2009/10 season, which eventually led to his move to the Citizens, only for him to be reunited with Guardiola six years later in England.

Toure did not have the most memorable 2016/17 campaign under the Spaniard, having been left out of the squad for most of the first half of the season. He played even less in this past campaign, featuring only 17 times across all competitions.

The midfielder, who is currently a free agent, has now accused Guardiola of having something against African players, but also insisted the former Bayern Munich manager will never admit it.

"I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth," Toure told France Football.

"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 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 acknowledgment or respect, did everything to spoil my last season.

"He was cruel with 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."

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Toure has played 128 games under Guardiola in his career, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 13 strikes.

Do you think Guardiola had a personal issue with Toure? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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