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Yaya Toure Announces Retirement from International Football


Four-time African Footballer of the Year and Ivory Coast’ skipper, Yaya Toure, has announced his retirement from international football.

He says he is retiring from playing for his country to concentrate on club football.

Toure has won 113 international caps and was among the Ivory Coast team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.


His decision came at a time the Ivorian is believed to be out of Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola’s plan for the Premiership club. He was left out of City’s squad for the European Champions League.

But Guardiola has declared he will not pick Yaya Toure until he tenders apology over comments to a teammate by his agent.

Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, said the midfielder had been “humiliated” and Guardiola should apologise to him if City do not win the competition.

Consequently, Guardiola who was speaking soon after Toure announced his international retirement, insisted that he must apologise and if he declined, he would not play.

“If he has a problem, he should speak to people at the club,” maintained Guardiola.

He added Toure, who returned to training on Monday after a migraine, had not had the “courage” to call him.

The Spaniard also demanded an apology from Seluk, indicating that it was a difficult decision to leave Toure out of his European squad.



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