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Yaya Toure denies he has retired from football

Yaya Toure has been without a club since leaving Manchester City. Credit: PA

Yaya Toure has insisted he has not yet retired, days after his agent said the former Ivory Coast international was ready to move into coaching.

Agent Dimitry Seluk used Twitter on Friday to say the ex-Manchester City midfielder had "ended his playing career" but the 35-year-old refuted that on Sunday after commentating on City's Premier League title triumph at Brighton.

"There has been a lot of confusion about my future recently," Toure wrote on Twitter.

"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 right now."

Toure left City after eight seasons in 2018 and later signed for former club Olympiakos.

But he left the Greek side three months later and has not played since December last year.

"I am now ready and focused to take new challenges in playing football," Toure added.

"And don't worry once the time has come, I will announce my retirement personally and officially by myself."

Toure ends short second stint at Olympiakos

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Yaya Toure has parted company with Olympiakos after just three months.

Toure made five appearances during his second spell with the Greek club.

The Ivory Coast midfielder left Manchester City at the end of last season but failed to make an impact with Olympiakos, and his last appearance came on November 4.

The club said in a statement: "Olympiakos FC and Yaya Toure would like to announce to the fans that they have mutually agreed to end their cooperation.

"Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiakos will always be open for him. Our paths will surely cross again."


Toure to leave Manchester City at the end of the season

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Yaya Toure will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

The 34-year-old midfielder, who has been one of City's most influential players since joining the club from Barcelona in 2010, played a starring role in the Premier League title successes of 2012 and 2014.

He also featured in the FA Cup-winning side of 2011 and played in two League Cup final wins.

His involvement has declined this season, however, with the Ivorian making just 16 appearances during a campaign in which City have again won the Premier League and League Cup.

"He is not going to stay next season," said Guardiola.

City are due to be presented with the trophy for their latest title triumph after Sunday's clash with Huddersfield at the Etihad Stadium.

They will then ensure Toure is given a fitting send-off after their final home game against Brighton next Wednesday.

Guardiola said: "The Brighton game we will give him what he deserves, one of the most beautiful farewells a player can receive. All the game we will be focused on winning the game against Brighton for Yaya, and we are going to try to do it for him.

"We have amazing facilities but the club became what they did because of the players. Yaya Toure came here when this idea for the club started, and what we are in this moment is thanks to what this guy has done.


Yaya Toure's agent 'negotiating with different clubs'

Yaya Toure's contract is up at the end of the season Credit: PA

Yaya Toure's agent has revealed he has opened negotiations with other clubs over the Manchester City midfielder's future.

And Dimitri Seluk has even claimed he would be open to an offer from rivals Manchester United for the 33-year-old.

Toure is one of six City players out of contract at the end of the season and has been free to speak to different clubs since January.

Until now he had not been doing so but Seluk told Sky Sports the situation has changed.

From yesterday we officially started negotiating with different clubs about his future.

We waited until March 15 for what Manchester City will say but until now Manchester City don't say anything. Before March, we didn't negotiate with anybody because Yaya does a lot with Manchester City, so we waited.

But we cannot wait until the last minute, until June, and have no negotiations with anybody.

Some clubs have contacted me. Now we have three options. I don't speak about Yaya and China or the MLS. He will play in Europe. I have spoken with clubs in different countries - Italy and Spain.

I said to Manchester City that we will start negotiations with other clubs about the future of Yaya. After that, if Manchester City want, they can start negotiations. If they don't want then we will find another club.

Yaya can, tomorrow, sign a contract with another club and after that for Manchester City it is too late.

Why not [Manchester United]? Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was together with Yaya in Barcelona.

I understand this is two clubs who are rivals but for me, for example, this is not a problem from Yaya or from me. This problem will be from Manchester City staff.

– Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure: Critics are waiting for Man City to fail

Yaya Toure is back in the fold at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola Credit: PA

Yaya Toure believes some critics are waiting for Manchester City to fail as they prepare to go full throttle in Monaco this week.

City seem to have put the inconsistencies of the autumn and early winter behind them by going 11 games unbeaten since a humbling 4-0 loss at Everton in January.

That has put them in good heart for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against the Ligue 1 leaders, into which they will take a 5-3 aggregate lead, on Wednesday.

But midfielder Toure feels the momentum must be maintained to keep the knockers off their backs.

When you're a winner and when you want to achieve important things you have to work hard. Sometimes it's difficult but you have to be positive because we know people are waiting for us to fail. What we have to do is try to keep going, working hard.

We are playing very well at the moment and we have a team that plays mostly attractive games and sometimes the pundits are waiting to analyse.

But, okay, it's part of the game, and in football now. Ten or 20 years ago it wasn't the same but today we just have to do our job.

We are playing well but in the end winning is the most important thing.

– Yaya Toure
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