Yaya Toure retires from Ivory Coast duty

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has decided to call time on his international career after making over 100 appearances for Les Éléphants.

The 33-year-old won the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivorians in 2015, along with numerous club titles during his years at City and previous club Barcelona.

"Writing this note was probably the most difficult match of my life," he wrote on his personal website. "After 14 years at the highest level, I'm sure this is the right time for me!

"The fact that I am 33 now, the intensity of training and the multitude of games are not the reasons why I am making this decision.

"I would like to say solemnly that I am stopping!!! It's true that I had several titles at clubs, national cups, league trophies. I played in Belgium, Ukraine, Greece, France and in Spain where I was able to win the prestigious Champions League with Barca in 2009 and also in England, where I continue to play.

"With the Elephants, it was even more special. I learned to win for my country. That's why I will always retain the pride in having achieved four African Golden Balls for the Ivory Coast."

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