‘Guardiola won’t win UCL again’ – African curse from Yaya Toure’s agent resurfaces

Dmitri Seluk, the agent of Yaya Toure, once said that Pep Guardiola will not win the Champions League again due to his treatment of the midfielder at Manchester City.

‘Guardiola won’t win UCL again’ – African curse from Yaya Toure’s agent resurfaces

Toure joined Manchester City from Barcelona in 2010 and became a cult hero in his eight years at the Etihad Stadium.

The Ivory Coast international’s status in the team, however, started waning following the appointment of Guardiola in the summer of 2016.

The Spanish coach didn’t have the best of relationships with Toure and even froze him out of his squad at some point, with the midfielder eventually departing the club in 2018.

Toure’s agent said after the midfielder’s exit that African shamans have placed a curse on Guardiola and will not allow him to win another Champions League title.

His statement tends to be re-echoed anytime Manchester City fall short in Europe and it has resurfaced again following the Cityzens’ semi-final defeat to Real Madrid.

“God sees everything. As a man who acted with Yaya, the legend of the club, which under different pretexts did not give the opportunity to go on the field,” Dmitri Seluk said.

“He turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City. And I’m sure that many African shamans in the future will not allow Guardiola to win the Champions League.”

“It will be like an African curse on Guardiola. Time will tell if I am right or not.”

Guardiola has won two Champions League titles, both of which he lifted with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, however, he has struggled to repeat such heroics at Bayern and now Manchester City.

The 51-year-old led the Cityzens to the final last season but they fell short after losing 1-0 to fellow English side Chelsea.

Manchester City will once again have to wait to try their luck next year after losing 6-5 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the semi-final of this season’s Champions League.

Guardiola’s side won the first leg 4-3 but a late collapse at the Bernabeu saw them surrender a 1-0 lead that they had held up to the 89th minute, before losing 3-1 to the Blancos in extra time.

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