Yaya Toure open to coaching Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure open to coaching Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure says he would be open to coaching the Ivory Coast national team after snubbing the idea in the past.

The former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder is currently assistant coach at Belgian side Standard Liege.

He has previously worked as a coach at the Tottenham Hotspur academy and as assistant manager in both Ukraine with Olimpik Donetsk and in Russia at Akhmat Grozny.

Toure, along with his brother Kolo, were part of the Ivory Coast team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in 2015, where he captained the side.

Speaking to Match of the Day, he said he would consider his country if called upon.

Toure said: "Definitely, definitely. Because a few years ago there was a chance to be manager of the national team. Myself, I didn't see me [doing it] in that moment, but it was an option.

"A lot of friends asked me to do it, but I didn't want to do that.

"After that, [jobs] came up in Europe, and I preferred to coach here [in Europe]. But let's see what's going on. I'm definitely up to it."

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