Yaya re­tires from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball Guardi­ola de­mands apol­ogy

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FOUR-TIME African foot­baller of the year Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast an­nounced his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball yes­ter­day.es­ter­day.

The 33-year-old Manch­ester­anch­ester City midfi midme­selder — capped 102 timesmidmes in­cludin­gap­pearup ap­pear­ances at three World Cup fi­nals — said it had been an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion.

“Writ­ing this note wasas prob­a­bly ‘the most dif­fi­cult match of my life’,”fe’,” wrote Toure, who faces a pretty light­ght sea­son as he is out of favour at Manch­ester City. “Af­ter 14 years at thee­high­his

high­est level, I’m sure this is the right time for me!! The fact that I am 33 now, the in­ten­sity of train­ing and the mul­ti­tude of gamesmes are not the rea­sons whyhy I am mak­ing this de­ci­sion.”ie

Toure, part of theie golden gen­er­a­tion of Ivory Coast play­ers such as Di­dier Drogba, his brother Kolo Toure and Gerv­inho, said for all his suc­cess at club level, in­clud-in­clud­ing a Cham­pi­ons League with Barcelona in 2009,009, it was fi­nally win­ning thee Africa Cup of Na­tions in 20155 — their first since 1992 — that re­mained his most pre­cious mem­ory.y.

Toure, who made hiss Ivory Coast de­but in 2004, cap­tained the vic­to­ri­ous “Ele­phants” side hav­ing re­placed Drog­barogba as skip­per when the lat­ter fi­nally called it a day at in­ter­na­tional level af­ter the 2014 Worl­drld Cup.

“I would like to say solemnly that I am stop­ping!!!” stopolosons said Toure, who had ap­peared in two los­ing Africa Cup of Na­tions fi­nals sides.

“It’s true that I hadd sev­eral ti­tles at clubs, na­tional cups, league tro­phies.ophies.

“I played in Bel­gium, Ukraine, Greece, France and in Spain where I was able to win the pres­ti­gious MANCH­ESTER City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola says he will not pick Yaya ToToure un­til he apologises to the club and his teamhis team-mates for com­ments made by­his agent. Toure, 333, has made one ap­pear­ance for City this sea­son and was left out of their CCham­pi­ons League squad. HiHis agent, Dim­itri Seluk, said the mid­fielder had been “hu­mil­i­ated” iathu­mil­i­ated” and Guardi­ola should apoapol­o­gise to him if City do not wi­win the com­pe­ti­tion. Guardi­ola said: “He must aapol­o­gise. If he doesn’t, he wwon’t play.” The Spa­niard also wants an apa­pol­ogy from Seluk. He said it had been a dif­fi­cult dede­ci­sion to leave Toure out of hihis Euro­pean squad. “If he has a prob­lem, he shshould speak to peo­ple at the clclub,” said Guardi­ola, who was BarBarcelona boss when Toure was sold to City in 2010. He ad­dadded Toure, who re­turned to train­ing on Mon­day af­ter a mi­graine, had not had the “courage” to call him. Guardi­ola was speak­ing soon af­ter Toure an­nounced hihis in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment. Hav­ing made his de­but for the Ivory Coast in 2004, Toure won 113 in­ter­na­tional caps, win­ning the Africa Cup of Na­tions in 2015.

Cham­pi­ons League with Barca in 2009 and also in Eng­land, where I con­tin­ue­con­tinu to play.

“With the Ele­phants, it was even more spe­cial. I learned to win for my co­coun­try. That’s why I will al­ways re­tain the pride in ha­hav­ing achieved four African Golden Balls for the IvoryIvo Coast.”

His in­ter­na­tional ca­reer,car though, has been marked by per­sonal tragedy too with his mother dy­ing on the cusp of an im­por­tant ju­nior fi­nal in 2003 and then it

“Writ­ing this note was prob­a­bly ‘the most dif­fi­cult match of my life’,” he said in a state­ment.

“Af­ter 14 years at the high­est level, I’m sure this is the right time for me.”

Mean­while, City cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany could make his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son in Wed­nes­day’s League Cup third-round tie at Swansea.

“He has trained a lot and he will be ready and be part of the group and com­pete with other cen­tral de­fend­ers to win his po­si­tion,” said Guardi­ola.— BBC.

struck again at the 2014 World Cup ahead of a cru­cial group game with Colom­bia.

“I was told of the death of my younger brother, Ibrahim (aged 28 of cancer),” he said.

“Once again on the eve of an im­por­tant match. This time it was against Colom­bia in the sec­ond game of the group stages and we had to win. I still have the bruised heart. These are mo­ments that have been dif­fi­cult for me.”— ESPNFC.

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