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Yaya Toure retires from football

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Yaya Toure has ended his playing career with the focus now switched to football management, according to his agent Dimitry Seluk.

Toure has been without a club since leaving Olympiakos, where he made just five appearances, last year.

Before moving to the Etihad, the Ivorian midfielder enjoyed a successful spell at Barcelona, as well as spending time with Monaco, Belgian club Beveren and now-defunct Ukrainian side Metalurh Donetsk.

Seluk revealed Toure’s decision to Russian outlet Sport24, saying: “Yaya decided to end his career as a champion. The farewell match with Manchester City was the real end of his playing career.

“Yaya is one of the best players in Africa and he had one of the brightest careers in the history of African football. Therefore, he should also leave the football beautifully, at the peak.

“We talked for a long time on this topic. Of course, every player wants to play as long as possible. In terms of his physical condition, Yaya could do this at a sufficiently high level for another five years.

“But we came to the conclusion that he, the football player who played for Barcelona and Manchester City, could not lower the bar with his hands.”

Toure ends his career with one Champions League, three Premier League, two La Liga, one FA Cup and one African Cup of Nations winner’s medals.