Yaya Toure denounces retirement reports

Former Ivory Coast skipper Yaya Toure has denounced reports that he has finally hung boots after a glittering playing career that saw him win accolades in Europe ans Africa.

Earlier in the past week, Toure’s controversial agent, Dimitry Seluk said on Twitter that his agent had decided to call time on his playing career but the four – time African Footballer of the Year stated otherwise.

A few more years

In a tweet, the Ivorian said he still wants to play for a few more years, as he prepares to go into coaching, a field that his elder brother, Kolo Toure entered right after retirement.

“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.

International football

In 2016, Toure, who led Ivory Coast to AFCON glory a year earlier, announced his retirement from international football and will not be in consideration when Ivory Coast names the team for the 2019 AFCON.

A former Barcelona, Monaco and Manchester City man, Toure has been clubless since leaving Greek side Olympiakos in December 2018.