IVORY Coast midfielder, Yaya Toure, has officially made known his decision to quit international football.
The 33-year-old Ivorian announced his retirement on Tuesday via his twitter handle, @YayaToure, where he said:”There are decisions that are difficult to take. But, I have to pass the baton on to the younger generation. After 14 years at most levels with the Elephants, I have come to the end of my football adventure with the Ivory Coast. I thank all the supporters, all my fans.”
He made his debut for his country in 2004, and took a break from the side following their Africa Cup of Nations triumph in February 2015. He returned to the squad in March this year, but on Tuesday confirmed he would no longer put himself in contention for selection into Ivory Coast’s senior national football team.
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has said the four-time African Footballer of the Year will not play until he apologises to the club and his team-mates for comments made by his agent, Dimitri Seluk.
Seluk had said Toure had been “humiliated” and Guardiola should apologise to him if City do not win the competition.
“He must apologise. If he doesn’t, he won’t play,” said the Spaniard tactician who also wants an apology from Seluk.
There had been speculation Toure will start against Swansea City in the EFL Cup third round today, but Guardiola confirmed during a press conference that Toure is not part of his plan for the game.
Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, demanded an apology from Guardiola for “humiliating” his client, but the Spaniard said on Tuesday he would not select the player until it was he who received an apology from Seluk.