He has since gone on to success at Bayern Munich and now at Manchester City, who he led to the Premier League title in 2017/18 with a record number of points, wins and goals.
The storm was unlikely to clear without a response from the City manager and, speaking in Spain, he has denied there is any truth in the suggestion he is racist or treated Toure badly. "We were together for two years, and he says it now-he never told me to my face". (He had) 365 and 365 (days) to tell me (his feelings).
Toure has twice been sold by Guardiola to other clubs now.
"He turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City", he said.
He has instead accused Yaya Toure of not being honest with him during the two years they spent together and letting him know his feelings about being used as a squad rotation player.
Guardiola and Toure shake hands. Image PA
Toure made 17 appearances for City in all competitions last season before being released.
Pep won 14 trophies in an unprecedented four-year spell as the Barcelona manager, but he doesn't see that it will ever be possible to recreate his all-conquering side. He'll never admit it [not liking Africans].
"It was a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world [Lionel Messi]".
"I am a coach and I am good at what I do, you can't be everything", he said.
"What do you want me to do", added Guardiola in an interview with TV3.
Such is the ill-feeling between Toure and Guardiola, Seluk says that the Ivorian would be willing to play for any top-six club next season with a weekly wage of £1, supplemented by selected bonuses.