Kevin de Bruyne has defended his club manager Pep Guardiola after Yaya Touré described him as “having a problem” with African players.
The Ivorian who spent eight years at the Etihad Stadium moved on this summer as his contract came to an end after eight years at club. However, he spent the majority of the season sidelined and not involved in the first team picture.
35 year-old Touré was interviewed by France Football Magazine earlier this week and made the bold claim that Guardiola has problems with players from an African background ‘wherever he goes.” He also claimed that the Spaniard was domineering.
Touré’s agent Supported him. Dimitri Seluk who also added that treatment African players receive from Guardiola would lead “shamans” to “curse” him and not allow him to win the biggest prize in club football, the Champions League.
De Bruyne has refuted these claims, and defended his managers choice of selection throughout the title-winning campaign.
He told BBC World Football: “I never saw something. It would be wired if the trainer was racist with all the black guys in our team. So I don’t know what Yaya said or weather it was wrongly written or exaggerated. When you don’t play there is always something you try to find.
“We had the best season ever, so in the end the coach took the right decision to play with the team who played a lot. He also added that he had never seen anything racist at the club “I’ve never seen something racist at the club, ever.”
Guardiola was asked about the comments when speaking to the press on Tuesday. However, he had nothing to say on the rumours saying ” I am no going to talk about the words of Yaya Toure.”
City are the second club that Touré has at managed by Guardiola. He was also at Barcelona between 2008 and 2010 before he left to join Manchester City.
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