Ricardo Rotenberg, Botafogo’s Vice President

By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon

Former Côte d’Ivoire captain Yaya Toure has been hugely criticized by Ricardo Rotenberg, the Vice President of Brazilian outfit Botafogo after he agreed to join rivals Vasco Da Gama.

Toure was reported to be on the verge of a move to Botafogo before the former Barcelona man turned down the move citing family reasons.

According to Botafogo’s Vice President Ricardo Rotenberg, the Ivorian only backed out of the move after he had reached an agreement with Vasco da Gama, though he had given them his word.

“Vasco’s offer proves Yaya doesn’t want to play football, because he agreed to play just next year,” Rotenberg said according to Globoesporte.

“He’s a guy whose word means nothing. He had an attitude from those who have no character. He could just have said he didn’t want to play here. Now I don’t want to see him. As Helena de Freitas [a former Botafogo great] said, Botafogo is not a team for cowards.”

The very bitter Botafogo Vice President also labeled the Manchester City legend as someone who lacks seriousness and drew a sharp contrast between him and former AC Milan and Japanese forward Keisuke Honda who joint Botafogo in February.

“Yaya does not deserve to wear the Botafogo shirt. He is not like Honda. Thank God it is Honda who is at Botafogo and not Yaya.

“He is not like Honda off the pitch. He is a guy I don’t want to see, I’m blocking him on my cellphone. I don’t want him to apologize afterwards, saying he regretted it.”

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Yaya Toure who became a free agent after leaving Chinese Super League side Qingdao Huanghai last November, is relishing the chance to carry on playing in the land of the great Pélé.

“I want to thank Leven [Siano the President of Vasco Da Gama] for inviting me for this project. I cannot wait to see all the Vasco fans very soon. It’s going to be Vasco,” The former AS Monaco midfielder said on Instagram.

Yaya had actually reached and agreement with Botafogo, but backtracked, citing the fact that his wife was not ready to move to Brazil as his main reason, but later contacted Botafogo a few days later for the move, but the club said the deal was off the table as they then turned their attention to Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel.

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