Staff Reporter

Monday May 13, 2019. 17:00

Despite claims from Yaya Toure’s agent that the midfielder has officially called time on his playing career, he himself has denied that he has retired from football.

The 36-year-old’s representative, Dimitry Seluk, last week stated that the former Ivory Coast international had decided to hang up his boots, but Toure has since refuted those claims.

“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.”

He added: “I am now ready and focused to take new challenges in playing football. And don’t worry once the time has come, I will announce my retirement personally and officially by myself.”

The former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder last played for Greek Super League club Olympiakos.

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