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Yaya Toure attempts to end feud with Guardiola, pens emotional letter

FOOTBALL By Mirror | April 17th 2021
Manchester City's Yaya Toure (R) shoots past Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak to score a goal during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England December 20, 2014. [REUTERS/Phil Noble]

Yaya Toure has revealed that he wrote a letter of apology to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after comments he made in an interview following his final season at the Eithad.

Speaking to France Football in 2018, Toure said: "I have the impression that Pep, without acknowledgment or respect, did everything to spoil my last season.

"He was cruel with me. Do you really think he could've been like that with Andres Iniesta? It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour. I'm not the first, other Barca players asked the question too.

"He [Guardiola] insists he has no problems with black players because he is too intelligent to be caught out. 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."

Yaya Toure celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal for Manchester City [Reuters / Darren Staples]

Guardiola later responded in an interview with TV3, saying: "It's a lie and he knows it. We were together for two years and now this is when he says it. He never told me face to face."

Toure has now revealed that he sent a letter to the club apologising for his comments but he has had no response.

"I was aware some staff were not happy. I emailed a letter to try to communicate with some important people there to apologise and say I've been indecent to the club but I haven't had any feedback.

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"I want peace. We don't want this [acrimony] all the time. For the love of the fans, for the love of the club, sometimes things have to be settled the right way. I've been in touch with some people there.

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