Toure slams ex-boss Guardiola in new interview


Kevin De Bruyne has dismissed concerns from former Manchester City team-mate Yaya Touré over Pep Guardiola's attitude towards African players, insisting the manager is not racist.

Toure, 35, played his final game for City last month after eight seasons at the club, with his farewell match against Brighton his only Premier League start of the season.

Toure's agent Dimitri Seluk has now echoed his client's words, and suggested that "African shamans" - a term that can be construed to mean witch doctors or sangomas - will prevent Guardiola from lifting the UEFA Champions League in the future.

"Right now Yaya has a lot of offers from different countries, huge offers are being made, but we chose to dedicate the next season to Guardiola and show and prove to Man City fans that Yaya is still far from retiring", agent Dimitry Seluk told Russian website Sport24.

Toure was previously linked with New York City FC, which are part of the City Football Group owned by Manchester City.

"Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players who lick his hands", he said. It was not the first time he had found himself surplus to requirements under Guardiola, having left his Barcelona side in 2010 to move to the Premier League.

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

When contacted by Omnisport, Manchester City declined to comment regarding further allegations made by Toure in the interview.

He won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his spell and was named in the team of the year on two separate occasions. "That's the number we chose, as the age when he'll end up with football", he added. "When you don't play there's always something you try to find", the Belgium midfielder told BBC World Football. Other Barcelona players asked the question'.

In an interview given to France Football, Toure said that he wanted to "break the myth" about Guardiola, who he also played under while at Barcelona. As if I made him a little self-conscious.

Seluk believes that will continue to be the case for the Catalan and that an African curse, seemingly as punishment for his treatment of Toure, will stop him being successful in the competition.