Saying that the time had come to do what he felt was necessary, Yaya Toure announced his retirement from international football today to focus on not playing club football.
Speaking after his announcement this afternoon, the former Ivory Coast international revealed that, after consultation with family and friends, it was an appropriate time to prioritise spending his time doing literally anything other than playing for Manchester City.
“It’s a sad day, it really is. I’ve enjoyed many great years proudly representing my country but the time has come for me to leave if I realistically want to continue in my current role for as long as I possibly can,” said the 31-year-old, adding that he has a pretty sweet thing going at Manchester City, where he’s reportedly paid more than £200,000 per week and for whom he is yet to feature in the league this season.
“There comes a moment in every professional’s career where one must decide whether they’re committed to flying thousands of miles for 90 minutes of football, or staying at home, really digging in and steadfastly refusing to repair relationships with their employers. For me, it was an easy decision.”
At press time, Toure was said to have wasted no time in getting back to business, with sources claiming that the former Barcelona man was already working hard to find a comfortable position on his couch.