Ivory Coast manager Marc Wilmots is eager for Yaya Touré to make a comeback at international level after his resurgence of form under Pep Guardiola.
Touré last played for his country in the final of the 2015 African Cup of Nations, where he captained Ivory Coast to their first major trophy in 23 years.
Wilmots, who was appointed as their new boss on Tuesday, believes that the veteran still has much more to offer after The Elephants’ limp defence of their crown earlier this year, where they failed to progress beyond the group stages.
The former Belgium boss, speaking to reporters, named Touré’s potential return as one of his top priorities and cited experience as one of the main reasons that he wanted the 33-year-old back in his selection pool.
“I have seen the last two games that he played for Manchester City in a defensive midfield position. He’s always great, he’s so good physically,” said Wilmots. “I know how important it is to have experienced players. It’s not yet over for Toure, we have got to get him back. The Yaya Toure case will be one of my first missions.”
Despite Touré’s exceptional form of late, his long-term future at City is still hanging in the balance, with his contract expiring in the summer and talks over a new deal yet to take place.