Yaya Toure has criticised former Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in a new interview, accusing him of having “problems with Africans”.
Toure left City in May after eight years at the club, and now that he is free from the commitment he is speaking his mind about his ex-manager.
I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth,” the Ivorian said in an interview with France Football. “I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me.
“I do not know why, but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it.
“We always looked at each other weirdly. It was as though I made him a little nervous.”
Toure added that Guardiola might have treated him differently because he was African.
“He was cruel to me. I came to wonder if it was not because of my colour. Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others,” he said.
“I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, some have also asked the question.
“When we realise he often has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.”
City have declined to comment on Toure’s views.
Toure started just one Premier League game in City’s recent title-winning campaign – their final home fixture of the season against Brighton, where he was given a special send-off.
Prior to that game, Guardiola said: “Yaya came here at the start of the journey. Where we are now is because of what he has done.
“The Brighton game we will give him what he deserves, one of the most beautiful farewells a player can receive.”