Yaya Toure has written to Pep Guardiola to apologise for a 2018 interview in France Football magazine in which he accused the Manchester City manager of having a problem with black and African players.
Toure, who left City in May 2018 after eight seasons at the club, accused Guardiola of “having problems with Africans wherever he goes” and claimed his coaching reputation is “a myth”.
Toure now regrets those comments and, in an interview with The Athletic, says that he has written to Guardiola to apologise although is yet to receive a response.
“I want to apologise for what happened, I want to apologise for doing something wrong,” Toure has said.
What did Toure say in 2018?
Toure was restricted to a limited role in his final season at Manchester City, eventually leaving the club at the end of the 2017-18 season. Later that summer, he gave an interview to France Football in which he attacked Guardiola, who was also his manager at Barcelona.
“(Guardiola) insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out,” he said.
“But when you realise that he has problems with Africans, wherever he goes, I ask myself questions. He will never admit it. But the day he will line up a team in which we find five Africans, not naturalised, I promise I will send him a cake.”
What has happened since?
Speaking to The Athletic’s Daniel Taylor, Toure revealed that he last year wrote to Guardiola to ask for forgiveness.
Toure says he has also sent follow-up messages to intermediaries and club officials, and tried on at least one occasion to see his former manager face to face, all to no avail.
“When something happens that is wrong and you make a mistake, or people use your name and use you to do some wrong stuff, you have to make it OK,” Toure says. “This one was wrong. I want to apologise for what happened, I want to apologise for doing something wrong.
“We decided we would try to communicate with some important people at the club to apologise and say I’ve been indecent to the club.
“Since then, it has been a very, very long while waiting for an answer, but we don’t get it. And, of course, if he feels like that, I cannot do anything. Of course, I’ve been in touch with some people there. But the people at the top, it’s impossible.”
What else does Toure discuss?
In a wide-ranging interview, Toure also discusses his Manchester City legacy, how he almost moved to Chelsea and his new role working as Olimpik Donetsk’s assistant coach.