Kevin De Bruyne has backed Pep Guardiola after Yaya Toure accused the Manchester City manager of disliking African players.
Toure, who left City at the end of the last season, went on an astonishing attack on Guardiola, claiming the Spaniard doesn’t like African players.
But reacting to Toure’s comments, City midfielder De Bruyne said: “I never saw anything. It would be weird if the trainer was a racist with all the black guys in our team.
“So, I don’t know what Yaya said or if it’s wrongly written or exaggerated. When you don’t play there’s always something you try to find.
“We had the best season ever, so in the end the coach took the right decision to play with the team who played a lot. So, this year the trainer probably thought he wasn’t doing enough, wasn’t fit enough. I’ve never saw something racist in the club, ever.”
But a day after Toure hit out at his former manager with allegations of discrimination, his agent Dimitry Seluk bizarrely insisted an ‘African curse’ would prevent City winning the Champions League.
Russian Seluk also said Guardiola had been afraid that predecessor Manuel Pellegrini would win many tournaments in case it affected the acclaim he would win at City.
“If Sheik Mansour and president Khaldoon Al Mubarak think Guardiola loves them, they’re mistaken. He came to make millions off Arab billionaires,” Seluk said.