Ivory Coast’s legend Yaya Toure announces retirement – Agent
The agent of Manchester City legend and former Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure, Dimitri Seluk, has announced that the player officially decided to hang up his boots after a stacked career.
Toure had a well decorated career which he initiated at the ranks of JMG Abidjan in homeland in 1998, before making moves to Belgian, Ukrainian and French leagues before his real breakthrough in 2007 after he completed transfer to Barcelona and three years later with Manchester City.
The 35-year-old midfielder triumphed two La Liga titles, three English Premier League titles, a Champions League trophy, UEFA Super Cup once and is also one-time FIFA Club World Cup. On international level, Toure achieved the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and was named African Player of the Year on four occasions.
“I say this for the first time: Yaya decided to end his career as a champion,” Seluk told Sport24.
“The farewell match, when he won the Premier League title with Manchester City was, in principle, the real end of his playing career. Not only in this team, but in general. Yaya is one of the best players in Africa and he had one of the brightest careers in the history of African football.”
“Therefore, he should also leave football beautifully, at the peak. We talked for a long time on this topic. Of course, every football player wants to play for as long as possible. In terms of his physical condition, Yaya could do this at a sufficiently high level for another five years.”
Toure’s final football spell at Olympiacos in 2018 summer window before both parties decided to terminate the deal his deal six months later. His agent revealed that his client aims to pursue a career in coaching.
“We came to the conclusion that he, the football player who played for Barcelona and Manchester City, could not lower the bar. We see many players who continue their careers at a mature age, and this is commendable. But Yaya and I chose a different path – to leave as a champion and start a new stage in life with a career as a coach.”
“In this, I am sure, Yaya will reach even greater heights that those he achieved as a football player. There are no African coaches in the English Premier League.”
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