Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne on Pep Guardiola's alleged 'problem with African footballers'
Posted: 6 June 2018 Time: 19:30
After Manchester City head coach refused to comment on the recent outburst of club legend Yaya Toure, star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has weighed in with his opinion.
Toure, 35, suggested that his former coach at FC Barcelona and the Citizens had a problem with his African heritage based on the way he was treated by the Spaniard.
However, De Bruyne feels the interview was taken out of context as he has never witnessed any untoward behaviour following the ongoing narrative of racism currently surfacing in English media.
"I never saw something. It would be weird if the trainer was racist -- with all the black guys in our team," De Bruyne told BBC World Football. "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," De Bruyne added in reference to his lack of first-team involvement.
"This year the trainer probably thought [Yaya] wasn't doing enough, wasn't fit enough. I've never seen something racist at the club ever."