Former Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure has just signed for Qingdao Huanghai, in the Chinese second tier.
The 36-year-old Ivorian legend has not played since having his contract at Greek side Olympiakos terminated in December 2018.
At one point, he even had to deny reports that he had retired from professional football after his agent said he had “ended his career as a champion”.
The former Barcelona and Man City star has now moved to China (just days after Rafa moved to the country).
In a statement published on his personal website, Yaya Toure said the move was out of his love for challenges and is looking forward to making history with Qingdao Huanghai Football Club.
The statement read:
“Since the start of my football career, I have always loved challenges and now I have decided to take this new challenge and make history once again with Qingdao Huanghai Football Club! This is a very exciting young club with a lot of potential and we share the same philosophy – that is to play beautiful football! It will be my great honor to grow and succeed with this club!
I am very happy to be part of the Huanghai family here in Qingdao, China. The club owner Mr. Wang and everyone here at the club make me feel at home. The fans have also been fantastic and showed so much love! I would like to take this opportunity to thank the club owner and staff for their warm welcome and my Chinese agent for the great care and support. I believe my experiences in football will offer something new to this growing club and together we can make great history! I can’t wait to let my football do the magic once again, let’s enjoy football together!”
Toure will now travel to China where his new team-mates (we have the likes of x-West Ham forward Ricardo Vaz Te and former La Liga journeyman midfielder Joan Verdu) have been in fine form, winning nine of their first 15 matches of the season to sit four points clear at the top of the China League One table.