Former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has joined Chinese second-tier club, Qingdao Huanghai.
The former Ivory Coast international, who has not played since December following a three-month stint with Olympiacos in Greece, is expected to make his debut on Saturday when Qingdao host Zhejiang Greentown.
Toure, 36, said in a statement: “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 potentials and we share the same philosophy – that is to play beautiful football! It will be my great honour 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!”
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