Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Pep Guardiola: I will never coach Barcelona again

Manager Pep Guardiola worked with Yaya Toure at Barcelona and Manchester City. Robin Townsend  EPA Manager Pep Guardiola worked with Yaya Toure at Barcelona and Manchester City. Robin Townsend EPA
Kristopher Love | 10 June, 2018, 23:48

Pep Guardiola has defended himself against Yaya Toure's accusation that he has a problem with African players, calling the Ivorian's claim a "lie".

The midfielder made just 10 appearances in the Premier League last season and before leaving the club after his contract expired.

'He [Guardiola] insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out, ' Toure sensationally claimed last week.

Both City and Guardiola initially refused to comment, but the Catalan coach was asked about Toure's comments in an interview with Spanish show TV3 and said: 'It is a lie, he knows it.

"We were together for two years and now this is when he says it". He never told me face to face'.

The Citizens strolled to the top-flight title this season as they set no fewer than 11 records in England, including becoming the first team to crack 100 points in a single Premier League season.

Yaya Toure left Manchester City at the end of the 2017/18 season. Andrew Boyers  Reuters
Yaya Toure left Manchester City at the end of the 2017/18 season. Andrew Boyers  Reuters

"You know, Guardiola can not be called a dog", he told Sport24.

"He was cruel to me", Toure was quoted as saying.

Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola says that he will never coach Barcelona again.

"I think a player like Yaya would be good for a club like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Tottenham or Liverpool".

The duo have worked together at City for the past two years, following a previous two year spell at Barcelona.

However, the former Bilbao chief's job was plunged into uncertainty after Roma knocked the Catalan side out of the Champions League in the quarter final.