Pep Guardiola has dismissed Yaya Toure's claim he has a problem with African players as a lie and questioned why the midfielder made a decision to try and tarnish his reputation so soon after leaving Manchester City.
The Manchester City midfielder took issue with his manager in some strong comments made earlier this week.
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Toure won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups during an eight-year spell at the Etihad.
Toure left City this summer after making just one Premier League start during the team's record-breaking charge to the title under Guardiola last term. "Do you really think Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta?"
Ahead of the match, Guardiola was full of praise for the 35-year-old.
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"He [Guardiola] insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out, ' Toure claimed last week", Toure claimed.
"It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour".
Both City and Guardiola initially refused to comment, but the Catalan coach was asked about Toure's comments in an interview with Spanish show TV3 and said: 'It is a lie, he knows it.
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Toure, who also played under Guardiola at Barcelona before the Catalan sold him to City, pointed to the treatment his compatriot Wilfried Bony received when Guardiola arrived at City. "We were together for two years, and he says it now-he never told me to my face". He never told me face to face'.