Yaya retires from international football Guardiola demands apology
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.