Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy with Real Madrid’s latest contact offer, according to Marca.
The Portuguese’s future at the club has been cast into doubt since comments he made after the Champions League final last month.
And the Spanish publication has claimed that the 33-year-old superstar is now “more upset than ever” at the Bernabeu.
After helping Los Blancos become European champions for a third successive season, the forward is demanding to earn an equal salary to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi – who takes in nearly double of what the former Manchester United man does.
Messi earns a weekly income in excess of £500,000, but the Madrid hierarchy would be unwilling to pay a salary of that nature to their prized asset.
Ronaldo scored 44 goals in all competitions last season and will be intent on showing he is the best player in the world during the World Cup this month.
The Ivory Coast midfielder suggested the City manager – who was also his boss at Barcelona – might have treated him less favourably because he is African.
Guardiola has now responded to the comments from his former player, telling Catalan television station TV3 in quotes reported by the Spanish press: “It’s a lie and he knows it.
“We were together for two years and now this is when he says it. He never told me face to face.”
Toure left City this summer after making just one Premier League start during the team’s record-breaking charge to the title under Guardiola last term.
The 35-year-old, who won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his eight years at the Etihad Stadium, said of his former manager in France football: “I’m not the first person to talk about his different ways of treating people.
“I know some other people at Barca who have also wondered about that. Maybe it’s the case that we Africans aren’t always treated by certain people in the same way that they treat others.
“When you see that he’s had problems with Africans wherever he’s been in the past, you wonder.
“When the day comes that he picks a team featuring five Africans – and not naturalised Africans – I promise I will send him a cake!”
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Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been appointed as Derby’s new manager.
The 39-year-old takes his first step into management, signing a three-year deal at Pride Park as a replacement for Gary Rowett, who left the Rams to take charge of Stoke.
Here, we take a look at Lampard’s career in numbers.
11,000,000 – The fee, in pounds, paid by Chelsea to West Ham for the midfielder’s signature in 2001.
13 – Years at Stamford Bridge.
50 – Chelsea’s first championship in half a century was secured in 2005 with two Lampard goals in a 2-0 win at Bolton.
164 – Number of consecutive Premier League appearances for Chelsea -a record for any outfield player – from October 2001 to December 2005.
211 – Goals for Chelsea, a club record, eclipsing Bobby Tambling’s long-standing total of 202.
11 – Major trophies won with Chelsea (one Champions League, one Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups).
0 – There was no fee involved in the move to Manchester City, who agreed a short-term deal after Lampard had said he was moving to their sister club, New York City FC.
85 – The minute of Lampard’s goal against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium which earned City a 1-1 draw in September 2014.
15 – Goals in 31 games for New York City FC.
106 – England caps, featuring 29 goals.