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Yaya Toure has penned a letter of apology to Pep Guardiola after he accused the Manchester City manager of "having problems with Africans" in a shocking interview following his final season at the club.
The former Ivory Coast international, who spent eight years at The Etihad between 2010 and 2018, also claimed his former boss' reputation was a "myth" and suggested the Spaniard was "cruel" to him.
In the interview with 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."
Manchester City boss Guardiola later responded to Toure's wild claims. "It's a lie and he knows it." he told TV3. "We were together for two years and now this is when he says it. He never told me face to face."
Three years after leaving the Premier League side and the 37-year-old, who last played for Chinese Super League club Qingdao Huanghai, has apologised for his actions. In fact, he has labelled the interview a mistake.
"That interview was my big, huge mistake." he told The Daily Mail. "When you give your trust, your voice to someone, they can twist it.
"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.
"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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Ten years after that goal against United, Toure wants to make peace with City. https://t.co/H2CS2MIcuH
- Jack Gaughan (@Jack_Gaughan) April 16, 2021
Toure now wants to end the feud between himself and Guardiola, although he is yet to get a response from the Manchester City boss after the Ivorian apologised for his actions.
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