Yaya Toure has revealed that Pep Guardiola ignored his attempts to apologize for once saying that his former boss had “problems with African players”.
In 2018, the former Manchester City midfielder, now 38, made shocking statements in an explosive interview with France Football.
Toure has since apologized to Guardiola — and claims to have even sent a letter to the Spaniard — but has yet to receive a response.
But the Ivorian has blamed Covid for the Etihad chief’s lack of response — and revealed that he hopes to see him soon.
Asked about Guardiola’s lack of contact, Toure told The Times, “I put it in the past and I attribute it to Covid’s situation.
“I wish to see him. I will be delighted. I need to talk to people who have a passion for soccer.
“I haven’t been in contact with him because I don’t have his number.”
In 2018, Toure — who played under Guardiola at City and Barcelona — claimed his former boss had “problems” with African players.
The three-time Premier League champion said, “I feel like he was jealous of me, he saw me as a rival… like I was taking the spotlight away from him.
“He was cruel to me. Do you really think he could have been like that with Andres Iniesta?
“It got to the point where I wondered if it was because of my color.
“I’m not the first, other Barca players have also asked the question. Maybe we Africans are not always treated the same way by some people.
“When you see the problems he [Pep] has often had with African players, wherever he has been, I wonder.
“He’s too smart to be caught. He will never admit [not liking Africans].
“But the day he picks a team with five Africans, I promise to send him a cake!”
Last year, Toure apologized for his shocking allegations — and called the interview a “big mistake.”
Toure said, “That interview was my big, big mistake.
“This one was wrong. I want to apologize for what happened, I want to apologize for doing something wrong.
“We decided to try to communicate with important people in the club to apologize and say I was indecent to the club.
“Since then, it’s been a long, long wait for a response, but we’re not getting it.
“And, of course, if he feels that way, there’s nothing I can do.
“Sure, I’ve been in contact with some of the people there. But the people at the top, it’s impossible.
“I want peace. We don’t want this (discomfort) all the time.
“For the sake of the fans, for the sake of the club, sometimes you have to sort things out the right way. I’ve been in contact with some people there.”