Pep Guardiola: I will never coach Barcelona again

Monday, 11 Jun, 2018

Ivorian worldwide midfielder Toure had told France Football magazine earlier this week that he had questioned whether his skin "colour" had contributed to him being little used by Guardiola during City's record breaking run to the Premier League title last season.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has categorically ruled out a future reunion with Barcelona, insisting that his previous success can never be replicated.

Such is the ill-feeling between Toure and Guardiola, Seluk says that the Ivorian would be willing to play for any top-six club next season with a weekly wage of £1, supplemented by selected bonuses.

'But when you realise that he has problems with Africans, wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.

Speaking to TV3, Guardiola said: "It's a lie and he knows it".

Guardiola and Toure shake hands. Image PA
Guardiola and Toure shake hands. Image PA

Toure spent eight years at the Etihad, where he won three Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup title. He never told me face to face'. Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others. In Barca, some have also asked the question.

"He insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out", Toure had said.

Toure previously spent two years playing under Guardiola at Barcelona, too, before he was sold to City by the Catalan coach in 2010.

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.