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Wilfried Bony opens door to Ivory Coast return

Former Manchester City and Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony said he is ready to return to the Ivory Coast national team as he continues the search for a new club.

The 32-year-old played – and scored twice – for Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup and was also part of the side that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bony has not played for his country since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but is open to a return to international football.

“The team’s doing well – they have got some experienced players to guide them,” Bony said.

“I am open if the coach needs me. I speak to the coach. He wants me to get back playing because he knows me – we won the cup together in 2015.

“He knows what I can give to the team. For me, the most important thing is to find a team, to get back on track and enjoy my football.”

Bony is in contact with fellow Ivory Coast international Sol Bamba, who revealed last week he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

“It’s very sad news but I know him. He is a strong guy,” said Bony.

“I just thank god they discovered it soon so he has got a chance. I know he is going to beat it. We pray for him.”

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