Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure has finally revealed the problem between him and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
The former City midfielder has made clear that the Spanish coach often has problems with African players.
The 35-year-old, who joined the Citizens in 2010 from Barcelona, has told the France Football that he wants to break the myth about Guardiola.
Toure has also worked under Guardiola at Barcelona between 2008 and 2010 and has now described the Spaniard as jealous.
“He was cruel with me. Do you believe that Barcelona could have done that with (Andres) Iniesta? I even started wondering to myself whether it was about my colour,” Toure told France Football.
“I’m not the first person to talk about his different ways of treating people. I know some other people at Barca who have also wondered about that. Maybe it’s the case that we Africans are not always treated by certain people in the same way that they treat others.”
“When you see that he’s had problems with Africans wherever he’s been in the past, you wonder. When the day comes that he picks a team featuring five Africans – and not naturalised Africans – I promise I will send him a cake!”
“Pep likes to dominate and wants to have his obedient players kissing his hands. I don’t like that kind of relationship. I respect my coach but that’s not for me,” he added.
“He took away my chance to say goodbye to City, a club with wonderful fans. I would have liked to leave in the same way that Iniesta and (Gianluigi) Buffon did, but Pep stopped that.”
Toure has managed to score 79 goals in 316 appearances for City in all competitions since he joined the Sky Blues.