Manchester City striker John Guidetti has rubbished claims he accused players at the club of bullying him.
By Chris Slater
Swedish international Guidetti, 20, is reported to have said fellow City stars spat at him and cut up his boots after he joined the club in 2009.
His comments are said to have been made on a Swedish chat show to be aired this weekend, and have been published in one of the country’s most prominent newspapers, Aftonbladet.
Defender Kolo Toure and Patrick Vieira, now an executive at the club, were two of the players he is alleged to have singled out for making derogatory remarks about his family.
But the young star took to Twitter to rubbish the claims, saying he had been taken out of context.
He described Toure and Vieira as two of the nicest people he had even met and said he loved playing for the club.
”U Must Be JOKING!! Regarding the broken-out-of-context comments in the News on my appearance @ the TV-Show #SKAVLAN with Alicia Keys …
“Annoying!!!! Plz everybody note that I have never been spat on by anyone at the club, nor has my family ever been disrespected by the club.
“And regarding the prank in 2009 with my boots, well… and my point of standing up against fantastic players like Patrick and Kolo are that they’re very strong and tough to play against because they are so good. I’ve nothing but Love for #MCFC and the people there!!!
“Get real people!
“And just 2 make it clear Kolo and Patric are 2 to nicest people i have meet taken care of me soo good! Nothing but love 4 them.”
Guidetti returned to the Blues in the summer after a successful loan spell at Dutch club Feyenoord, where he scored 20 goals.
It was reported yesterday he had agreed a new long-term contract with the club as he battles back from an illness which ruled him out of pre-season.