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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Yaya Toure hints his international career with Ivory Coast is over

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure

Manchester City star Yaya Toure has hinted he could be set to retire from international football this week.

The 31-year-old (pictured below) helped the Ivory Coast claim their second Africa Cup of Nations title in February courtesy of a final victory over Ghana on penalties.

Yaya's brother Kolo immediately announced his own international retirement in the wake of that win, having earned 118 caps for his country over the course of 15 years.

And the younger Toure sibling has now suggested that he could follow suit after making 95 appearances for Les Elephants since 2004. "I think now my target is done," he said.

"I want to wait a couple of days for what I will decide for my future.

"The time for the youngsters will come soon and we need to let them go on alone."

Toure's decision could help prolong his career and indeed his stay with City. Should he retire, the Blues would be safe in the knowledge that they will not lose their talisman during the middle of the 2016-17 season for the next Afcon.

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