17th April, 2021
Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has confirmed he wrote a letter of apology to Pep Guardiola in order to find peace.
Toure, 37, is regarded as one of the club’s greatest ever players winning three Prem titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his eight-year stint at Man City but left almost unsung.
While City built a statue of David Silva and also planning to build one for Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure feels he is not welcome back at the club.
The midfielder’s exit at the Etihad in 2018 was tarnished with comments accusing Guardiola of having a problem with African players in an explosive interview with France Football.
He is now trying to repair his relationship with the club but Guardiola and owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak did not reply to his letters of apology.
Reported by the Daily Mail, Toure said: “That interview was my big, huge mistake.
“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.
“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.”
Toure also played under Guardiola and Barcelona but lost his place in the side to Sergio Busquests.
In his explosive interview, Toure said: “It feels like he was jealous of me, he saw me as a rival… as if I was taking the limelight away from him.
“He was cruel with me. Do you really think he could’ve been like that with 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. Maybe us Africans aren’t always treated the same by certain people.
“When you see the problems he [Pep] has often had with African players, everywhere he has been, I ask myself questions.
“He’s too intelligent to be caught. He’ll never admit it [not liking Africans].
“But the day he picks a team with five Africans in, I promise I will send him a cake!”