Wilfried Bony Wants Kolo Toure to Persuade Karamoko Dembele to Pick Ivory Coast Over Scotland

Wilfried Bony Wants Kolo Toure to Persuade Karamoko Dembele to Pick Ivory Coast Over Scotland

Wilfried Bony believes Kolo Toure can persuade Karamoko Dembele to ignore Scotland and play for Ivory Coast.

The Stoke City striker has weirdly got involved in the debate surrounding who the 13-year-old Celtic man could represent in the future.

Karamoko Dembele

Dembele shot to fame over recent months with some ridiculous displays for the Hoops youth teams before earning a call-up to their development team.

He’s been earmarked for a quick breakthrough at Celtic – if they can stave off attention from a host of the world’s top clubs over the next few years.

And Scotland would be wise to tie down Dembele, considering he is eligible to play for them, England and Ivory Coast.

But Bony believes the youngster should pick the African nation – and has called on former international team-mate Toure to talk him into it.

Bony, per, said: “It makes sense to choose the Ivory Coast. Both his parents are from that country – that is a big part of who he is.

“Kolo Toure is at Celtic, I am sure he can tell him all about how great playing for the Ivory Coast is.

“It is arrogance to suggest that his only decision is between Scotland or England.

“We have qualified for the last three World Cups and won the African Cup of Nations last year.

“With all respect, we’ve been a lot more successful than Scotland and England in the last ten years.”

Scotland probably won’t take Bony’s comments with respect – as many would believe that a big part of his development as a player so far has been down to the game here.

But the youngster won’t be eligible to make a senior national team debut until 2019 and even then his decision may be delayed as he may not be ready for the step-up to that level.

Who should he play for?

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