Toure takes up ‘new challenge’ at Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai

Former Manchester City forward, Yaya Toure has joined a second-tier club in China, Qingdao Huanghai, and has promised to help the side gain promotion.

The 36-year-old ex-Barcelona player left Greek side Olympiacos in December 2018, but insisted he was not yet done with playing football professionally.

He joins Qingdao Huanghai who are currently top of the country’s second tier league after 15 matches.

“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,” Toure was quoted in a statement.

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“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 honour to grow and succeed with this club.

“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 was captain of Cote d’Ivoire and won the CAF African Player of the Year award on four occasions.

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