Ivory Coast legend, Yaya Toure reveals Pep Guardiola has ignored his attempts to apologise for claiming his old boss has ‘problems with Africans’
Ivorian football legend, Yaya Toure has revealed he still hasn’t heard from his former boss Pep Guardiola since he tendered an apology for comments he made about his ability to work with Africans four years ago.
Toure had two spells working under Guardiola during his trophy-laden career, winning the Champions League together at Barcelona before reuniting at Manchester City in the Premier League.
Toure’s last season at the Etihad ended in a terrible way as he made just one start in the final home game of the season.
Speaking to France Football after leaving City, he questioned his former boss’s attitude towards Africans and stated in the interview: ‘It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour. I am not the first. Other Barcelona players asked the question.’
Toure, who is preparing to go into management, wrote to Guardiola to apologise for his public comments. However, he has revealed that his attempts to build bridges have never been acknowledged.
‘I put that in the past and put it down to the Covid situation,’ he told The Times in an interview when asked about the lack of communication from the City head coach.
‘I wish to see him. I will be delighted. I need to talk to people who have a passion for football. I haven’t been in touch with him because I don’t have his number.’
Toure also said he would have no problems in congratulating Liverpool and their head coach should they hunt down his former club in this season’s incredible title race.
‘I hope City will win it because I am City fan, but it’s so unpredictable and Liverpool are so, so strong,’ he said.
‘Klopp, when he wins games, I text him and he is delighted and he always invites me [to meet him] and texts me back. Does this guy rest? I don’t think so, he loves football. He’s a top, top, guy.’
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