Yaya Toure finally ends speculation of bizarre Celtic switch

Celtic fans are seen ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Salzburg at Celtic Park on December 13, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Manchester City legend Yaya Toure hinted that he could make a shock move to Scottish Premiership champions Celtic in January.

Yaya Toure of Manchester City shakes hands with Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Etihad...

Few will be surprised to learn that Yaya Toure will not be joining Celtic after all.

Greek publication Gazzetta certainly caused a stir when they claimed back in January that The Hoops were plotting an ambitious bid to sign the former Manchester City and Barcelona star on a free transfer, shortly after his dismal spell at Olympiakos came to an end.

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And while fans and pundits alike were quick to scoff at the speculation, Toure was not so quick to play down the reports when making an appearance on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (15 January, 7pm).

 

“Let me speak with (his brother and then Celtic coach) Kolo Toure and I'll speak with Brendan Rodgers and maybe we will see," the Ivory Coast legend said.

Now, with Rodgers and the older Toure brother swapping Celtic for Leicester in February, any lingering suggestions that one of the generation’s very best midfielders could make a stunning move to Scotland appeared to be over.

Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates scoring the third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on March 25, 2014 in...

Now, Toure has put an end to the talk for good.

“I say this for the first time: Yaya decided to end his career as a champion,” his outspoken agent Dimitri Seluk told Sport24, announcing Toure’s retirement to the world.

So a 35-year-old who was once the Premier League's best paid player won't be heading to Celtic after all. But maybe that's for the best.

Yaya Toure of Manchester City in action during his last appearance for Manchster City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Etihad Stadium...

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