Friday Jul 23, 2021. 17:00
Senegalese star Sadio Mane has explained why Yaya Toure was present at his English club Liverpool FC’s training session in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday morning.
The former Ivory Coast captain and midfielder watched the Reds’ workout in Saalfelden after being invited along by our Mane as the Reds prepare for the 2021/22 season.
Toure spent eight years with Liverpool’s Premier League rivals, Manchester City where he won three league titles, two English League Cups, and one FA Cup.
“I said, ‘Yaya, do you think it is the best idea to come to watch our training?!’ He said, ‘My friend, I’m coming there! Just ask your boss!’,” Mane told the club’s official website.
“He is a very, very good guy and I have known him since 2004. He’s a good friend of mine so we always keep in touch and when he asked me if I can ask the boss whether he can come to watch training I said, ‘With pleasure’ and I think the boss was happy to have Yaya with us today to watch training and learn something because I wish him all the best.
“He wants to be a manager in the future and all the boys were happy to see him, to have a quick conversation with him and have a little bit of a talk about City and Liverpool. It was nice to meet him again.”
Toure, who is now an assistant coach at Russian side Akhmat Grozny, decided to retire from professional football last year following a spell with Chinese League One side Qingdao Huanghai.
The 38-year-old earned 100 caps for the Ivory Coast from 2004 to 2015, representing the nation at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments.
He also represented them in six Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, helping them finish runner-up in 2006 and 2012, while captaining them to victory in 2015.