Yaya Toure eyes Premier League return after Olympiacos release

Yaya Toure is hopeful of a return to the Premier League after his contract with Olympiacos was terminated by mutual agreement.

The Cote d’Ivoire international was released by Manchester City at the end of 2017-18 season after spending eight years at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 59 goals in 230 appearances and winning three English elite titles, League Cup titles as well as FA Cup and Community Shield diadems.

On September 2, the 35-year-old rejoined the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium outfit and made only five appearances for Pedro Martins’ men before leaving the side after three months of teaming up with them.

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According to Sky Sports, the midfielder’s ‘’pay as you play” contract became a problem for the Greek Super League club after increasing budget restrictions.

The former Barcelona player is expected back in London soon as he is aiming to secure a contract with an English top-flight club after rejecting offers from the Chinese Super League and the MLS.

West Ham United are believed to have shown interest in the midfielder before he opted to move to Greece.

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Yaya Toure leaves Olympiacos after just three months

Olympiacos have announced that Yaya Toure’s contract has been terminated with immediate affect after just five appearances in his second spell with the Greek giants.

The 35-year-old returned to the Karaiskakis Stadium in September after being released by Manchester City following eight years at the Etihad Stadium.

But manager Pedro Martins used the Ivorian sparingly, giving him just five run-outs in as many months at the Athens club.

And after being left out of Martins’ last five match day squads, Toure has parted ways with Olympiacos with less than half of the campaign gone.

“Yaya is and remains an important member of the Olympiacos family, who has marked a central part of the history of the club,” a statement from the Super League club said.

“Olympiacos would like to thank him for everything he has offered to the Club.

“Yaya will remain deeply devoted to the club and wishes to Olympiacos lots of success.

“Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiacos will always be open for him. Our paths will surely cross again.”

Neither Olympiacos or Toure confirmed the length of the deal upon the move being announced earlier this season.

During his one and only full campaign at Olympiacos, Toure played a key role as the club won the league and cup double in the 2005-06 campaign.

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He described his relationship with Olympiacos as “special” upon re-joining them but he will now be a free agent ahead of the January transfer window.

West Ham were thought to be leading the race to sign the three-time Premier League winner in the summer, after his agent confirmed he had passed a medical in London.

Manuel Pellegrini said that Toure had wanted to move to the London Stadium, just days before he completed his move back to Greece.

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Olympiacos’ Yaya Toure fires AC Milan warning ahead of their Europa League clash

Olympiacos midfielder Yaya Toure has handed AC Millan warning ahead of their Uefa Europa League game on Thursday evening.

The 35- year-old rejoined the Red and Whites on September 2 after spending eight years with English Premier League side Manchester City.

Toure has a great memory of the San Siro – the home ground of both AC and Inter Milan – having faced both teams while playing for Barcelona.

The Cote d’Ivoire international will be making a return to the stadium when they take on Gennaro Gattuso’s men and he is confident that his side will fight to earn a positive result.

“It’s a great time for me to come back here but the most important thing for me is for the team to make a good game and get the result,” Toure said in a pre-match conference.

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“We know we have a big team and we are a new team with many talented footballers and we want to do well, we are proud of the team we have and we look forward to fighting here and doing a good game.”

Toure has only made one appearance for Pedro Martins’ men this season, in a Cup game, but will hope to be involved against the Rossoneri.

Olympiacos are joint-second with Real Betis in Group F with one point behind leaders Milan.

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Ex-Barcelona and Manchester City star Yaya Toure returns to Olympiacos

Olympiacos have completed the signing of Yaya Toure on a free transfer.

The Ivory Coast star has returned to the club he left for Monaco in 2006, five days after his agent confirmed he had completed a medical with an unnamed outfit in London.

Toure, who left Manchester City at the end of last season, says he turned down approaches from other teams in Europe, Asia and the United States in order to move back to Athens.

“It is an honour to be back at Olympiacos,” he said via his official website. “When I left in 2006 I said I would come back and I am delighted to keep my word.

“I had offers from lots of clubs across Europe, Asia and the USA. Ultimately, I made my decision based on the special relationship I have with this incredible club. 

“I am as hungry for success now as I was when I first arrived here many years ago and I cannot wait to help the club win the trophies the great fans of Olympiacos deserve. 

“It is now time to let my football do the talking once again. Let’s do this!”

Toure had been heavily linked with West Ham, with manager Manuel Pellegrini claiming the 35-year-old had wanted to move to London Stadium but was told the club had other priorities.

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Toure won a league and cup double with Olympiacos in 2005-06, after joining from Metalurh Donetsk.

He would go on to enjoy a trophy laden career with Barcelona and Manchester City, winning two La Liga titles, three Premier League titles, a Champions League crown, FIFA club World Cup, three English League cups, an FA Cup and Copa del Rey during his time at the two clubs. 

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