YAYA TOURE has announced his retirement from football and now has his heart set on going into coaching.
The former Barcelona and Manchester City legend, 35, will hang up his boots after a stellar career spanning 17 years which saw him win two La Ligas, three Premier Leagues, the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the FA Cup.
On the international stage, he guided his Ivory Coast side to the African Cup of Nations in 2015.
Most recently, he endured a horror spell at Olympiacos, returning to the club 12 years after leaving for Monaco.
He said: “Yaya has decided to end his career as a champion.
“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.
“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. We talked for a long time on this topic.
“But we came to the conclusion that he, the footballer who played for Barcelona and Manchester City, could not lower the bar.”
Toure now looks set to embark on following the path into management and could start in Russia.
Seluk added: “In football it is important to come and go with your head held high.
“We remembered how at the age of 18, when Yaya was unknown to anyone, he began his football destiny from scratch, arriving in Belgium, and then going to Ukraine.
“Likewise, he now starts his fate from scratch and tries to become a good coach.
“I am sure that he will succeed, because he played the position in which he organised the attacks of his team. Yaya went through such clubs as Olympiacos, Monaco, Barcelona and Manchester City, where he worked with good coaches, from whom he learned a lot.
“I’m sure that two years after Yaya gets the Pro coaching license, he will head one of the serious clubs and achieve great success in the coaching field. Now he has already begun to take steps in this direction.”
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