Yaya begs to stay in England for an extra week ahead of Cup of Nations
Yaya Toure has pleaded with the Ivory Coast to let him stay with Manchester City for another week as talks continue between club and country over his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The midfielder is due to fly out with his brother Kolo before the training camp begins on January 11. He could miss up to eight City games if they reach the final in Gabon a month later.
Plea: Yaya wants to play against Liverpool and Wigan
Toure wants to delay his departure to play in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool on January 11 and the Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan five days later.
He argues he does not need a week’s training like his country’s other Europe-based players who have had a mid-winter break.
‘In Europe they stop playing for two weeks,’ he said. ‘In this country we don’t stop. Maybe I can go on January 17. It doesn’t start until the 21st. I’ve played for my country for a long time but I am focused on City.
‘It’s a great challenge to win the Premier League.’