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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Yaya Toure gets heroic reception on Olympiacos return

Olympiacos’ faithful have given Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure a heroic reception having arrived on a free transfer.

Having fallen down the pecking order at Manchester City, the midfielder left English champions at the end of last season. And has returned to the Greek Super League side .

The Ivorian midfielder was given a kingly reception by the club’s fans, following his arrival at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

 
 
 
 
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Also, Toure has made known his reasons behind snubbing offers from other clubs over the summer for his former employer.

“It is an honour to be back at Olympiacos! 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,” Toure told club website .

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“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,” he said.

Toure will be looking forward to proving his worth when Olympiacos slug it out with Asteras Tripolis at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki on September 14.

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Yaya Toure has passed a medical in London, says agent

Yaya Toure has passed a medical in London and is “close to signing a new contract”, the player’s agent has claimed.

Toure, 35, has been a free agent since leaving Manchester City at the end of last season.

The Ivory Coast star was linked with a move to West Ham to reunite with former City manager Manuel Pellegrini, but the Hammers boss dismissed those rumours two weeks ago.

It appears Toure is poised to complete his next move, though, with agent Dimitry Seluk stating a deal was close on Tuesday.

“Toure has passed a medical in London,” he tweeted. “Yaya is close to signing a new contract.”

Toure won three Premier League titles with City but left in somewhat acrimonious circumstances, when he accused manager Pep Guardiola of having “problems with Africans”.

Guardiola responded to the allegation by saying: “It’s a lie and he [Toure] knows it.”

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Toure began his professional career in Belgium with Beveren, and had spells in Ukraine, Greece and with Monaco in Ligue 1 before coming to prominence with a move to Barcelona in 2007. 

After three years at Camp Nou City swooped to take Toure to the Premier League, and were repaid with eight years of sterling service that saw the midfielder become a club idol. 

He made a total of 316 appearances in all competitions for the Citizens, scoring 79 goals and winning a total of six trophies.

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