Barcelona Return Not On Pep Guardiola's Agenda

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Pep Guardiola has branded Yaya Toure a liar after the former Manchester City midfielder accused the manager of being "cruel to him" and having "problems with African players".

Guardiola has now responded to the comments from his former player, telling Catalan television station TV3 in quotes reported by the Spanish media: "It's a lie and he knows it".

Yaya Toure is leaving Manchester City this summer, and the Ivory Coast global has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals West Ham United. "We were together for two years, and he says it now-he never told me to my face".

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Toure said "Pep brutally got rid of Bony", although the Ivorian's record since leaving City - four goals in 25 league appearances - hardly suggests Guardiola was mistaken.

Touré continued, citing his ethnicity as the prime factor behind Pep's treatment of him during their time together at Barcelona and Manchester City.

"I even asked coaches for my stats".

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"I'm completely with the people who say that to be considered the best team in the history of English football you have to win more". Xavi left for Qatar two seasons ago and Andres Iniesta left for Japan at the end of this season - arguable the two most influental players in the side. I came to wonder if it was not because of my colour.

"I'm not the first, other Barca players asked the question too. He never told me face-to-face".

"When we realise that he often has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions".

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Guardiola has since achieved success at Bayern Munich and City as he continues his quest to be the greatest coach in the world.