Yaya Toure is on Monday Evening Soccer this night as his former membership Manchester Metropolis tackle Wolves within the Premier League.

Toure received three top-flight titles in additional than 300 appearances for Metropolis however his Etihad profession got here to a sorry finish as soon as Pep Guardiola arrived.

Man Metropolis nice Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola

Guardiola, who offered Toure to Metropolis whereas the pair had been collectively at Barcelona in 2010, gave the Ivorian nice only a handful of begins in his last season on the membership earlier than offloading him to Olympiakos final summer season.

And the 35-year-old’s illustrious profession in England got here to a bitter finish as he and his controversial agent Dimitri Seluk launched a string of unimaginable rants on the Spaniard.

talkSPORT has had a have a look at among the greatest (or worst) of what was stated between the trio.


Toure accuses Guardiola of ‘having issues with Africans’ in June 2018 rant

“Pep likes to dominate and desires to have obedient gamers who lick his palms. I don’t like this sort of relationship.

“I respect my coach however I’m not his factor. Like all gamers, I’ve bickered with my coaches. However at a sure level, males who don’t perceive one another reconcile. This isn’t attainable with Pep, who may be very inflexible.

“The opposite gamers won’t ever admit it publicly however some have already advised me that they ended up hating him. As a result of he manipulates and performs rather a lot along with your head.

“He was merciless to me. Do you actually suppose Barcelona may have finished that with Iniesta? I got here to marvel if it was not due to my color.

“I’m not the primary to speak about these variations in therapy. In Barca, some have additionally requested the query. Possibly we Africans usually are not at all times handled by some in the identical means as others.

Yaya Toure wants to return to the Premier League

Yaya Toure needs to return to the Premier League

“After we realise that he typically has issues with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions…

“When the day comes that he picks a crew that includes 5 Africans – and never naturalised Africans – I promise I’ll ship him a cake!

“When he arrived at Metropolis, he advised me instantly that he wanted me to teach the youth. Even when I had some choices to go away, I assumed that I’d be capable of enter the legend of the Residents. The identical factor final summer season when he requested me to remain.

“Possibly he was afraid of shedding management of the dressing room if I left as a result of he knew what I used to be representing for the group? However after the switch window closed, I noticed that I used to be faraway from the crew.

“I believe I used to be coping with somebody who simply wished revenge on me.

“I have no idea why however I’ve the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you’ve it.

Pep Guardiola’s Man City take on Wolves tonight

Pep Guardiola’s Man Metropolis tackle Wolves tonight

“We at all times checked out one another weirdly. He was spinning round me with out saying something, watching me, gauging me, however not speaking to me. But he is aware of that I communicate Catalan, Spanish and English.

“It must be sufficient to speak each. However apparently no … Each time we handed one another, he appeared embarrassed. As if I made him a little bit self-conscious. As if, additionally, he had understood that I knew him completely.”

“I wish to be the one who breaks the Guardiola fantasy a bit. Barcelona, he didn’t invent it. He simply had the intelligence to adapt what Cruyff had arrange.

“Then, at Bayern and Metropolis, he tried to breed the identical patterns however with this requirement: working together with his gamers and with nearly limitless means. It will not work at Crystal Palace or Watford.

Man City great Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola

Man Metropolis nice Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola

“For me, Zidane is larger as a result of he has fewer necessities and exhibits nice respect for all his gamers. Pep, he needs to be thought-about a genius. He loves it. However there may be quite a lot of comedy behind all this, it’s a little bit of something. He creates a personality.

“Once I see him scratching his head in full match to point out that he thinks completely, it makes me chortle. It’s comedy.”

Guardiola responded per week later

“It’s a lie and he is aware of it. We had been collectively for 2 years and now that is when he says it. He by no means advised me face-to-face.”

Seluk on Guardiola

“You realize, Guardiola can’t be known as a canine. As a result of a canine is an efficient and sort creature, man’s greatest good friend. However Guardiola, by his very nature, is man’s worst enemy.

“Many might say that it’s Guardiola’s fashion, that he performs spectacular soccer.

“However while you purchase up all the perfect gamers on this planet, that is a lot simpler than, say, it was for Ranieri, whose Leicester facet received the Premier League. The papers write rather a lot about Guardiola, though he as an individual just isn’t worthy of this consideration. And but we hear so little about Zidane, who has received the Champions League thrice in a row.

Man City great Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola

Man Metropolis nice Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola

“This testifies to the significance of persona. And when individuals say that Guardiola is the perfect supervisor, I need to reply: Guardiola is much from successful three consecutive Champions Leagues. And moreover, I’m able to guess that he by no means wins it at Manchester Metropolis.

“And I don’t suppose he’ll ever win the Champions League once more.”

Seluk on Toure’s feedback about African gamers underneath Guardiola

“God sees all the pieces. As a person who acted with Yaya, the legend of the membership, which underneath completely different pretexts didn’t give the chance to go on the sphere.

“He turned all Africa in opposition to himself, many African followers turned away from Manchester Metropolis. And I’m certain that many African shamans sooner or later is not going to permit Guardiola to win the Champions League.

“This will likely be for Guardiola an African curse. Life will present whether or not I’m proper or not.”

Man City great Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola

Man Metropolis nice Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola

Seluk on Toure becoming a member of one other membership for £1-a-week to get away from Guardiola

“Yaya has many presents from completely different international locations, the place they’re able to pay some huge cash, however we determined to dedicate the subsequent season to Guardiola. And to show and present the followers of Manchester Metropolis that Yaya has not completed with soccer.

“He is filled with vitality and desires to play this season in England.

“At a time when large sums are being spent in England for the acquisition of soccer gamers, I formally declare that Yaya is able to transfer as a free agent to any English membership of the highest six with a wage of one-pound-a-week, however with a bonus system primarily based on sure successes

“I consider {that a} participant like Yaya wouldn’t reject Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool. Yaya is a winner.

“And by no means earlier than has a prime footballer with management qualities rejected any membership, particularly after they don’t must pay for it.”

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