BREAKING NEWS: Yaya Toure Denies Retiring From Football

BREAKING NEWS: Yaya Toure Denies Retiring From Football

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By Amaechi Agbo

Four-time Africa Footballer of The Year, Yaya Toure has come out to categorically discredit reports that he had retired from football, can report authoritatively.

The 35 year old former Barcelona midfielder was reported to have hanged his boot last week by his controversial agent, Dimitri Seluk.

Yaya has not played since having his contract at Greek side Olympiakos terminated in December 2018.

He moved to Greece following his release by Manchester City last summer after winning three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups.

“Yaya has decided to end his career as a champion,” agent Dimitri Seluk had said last week.

“The farewell match which Manchester City gave him was, in principle, the real end of his playing career, not only in that team, but in general.”

Seluk, who was speaking to Russian website Sport 24 and endorsed the article on his Twitter account, continued: “Yaya is one of the best players in Africa and had one of the brightest careers in the history of African football, so should leave football at its peak.

However, in a strong-worded tweet, Yaya denied retiring for football and instead he loves football and is in contention to play football for few more years.

“There has been a lot of confusion about my future recently. I want to make it clear here that I love football and I’m still in contention to play for a few more years. Yes, I’m starting to prepare myself for coaching badges but full time coaching is not what I’m thinking now,” he said on his official Twitter handle @YayaToure.

Yaya won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2009 before spending eight years with Manchester City, for whom he scored 79 times in 316 appearances including the winner in the 2011 FA Cup final.

He won 101 caps for Ivory Coast and played at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

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