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Yaya Toure, Olympiakos
Yaya Toure has re-joined Olympiakos.
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Yaya Toure Re-joins Olympiakos Post Rejecting Offers from Europe, Asia

Former Manchester City player, Yaya Toure has rejoined Greek Super League side, Olympiakos. The midfielder has claimed he rejected offers from Europe, Asia and the United States to join the Greek team again.

Yaya Toure played for Olympiakos first in 2005-06.

After joining the club, the 35-year old said,

“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.”

After spending days on the bench and being injured, Toure feels it’s now time again to let his football do the talking.

“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!”

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Toure played for Olympiakos first in 2005, but that stay lasted for only one year, as he left the club in 2006. Now after 12 years, the midfielder is all set to fight for the Greek side once again.

However, Olympiakos confirmed the move but did not give financial details. According to a local report, Toure would be paid around €2.5 million ($2.9m) for one season. He was presented on the front of his new club’s fans on Sunday, and his new side won 5-0 against PAS Giannina.

The Greek side was third last season in their league. It was its lowest finish in 23 years after lifting 20 league titles in 22 years. However, they will compete in Europa League, as they beat Burnley -2 on aggregate in the playoff round.

Toure was released by City after a limited role last season. He won three Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup before being released.

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Man City Hand One-Year Contract Extension To Midfielder Toure

Manchester, June 2 (IANS) Veteran midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a one-year extension with the English Premier League (EPL) football giants Manchester City after his contract expired at the end of the 2016-17 season.

City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said in a statement on Thursday: “Yaya has been a fantastic servant for Manchester City and continues to be a vital member of Pep Guardiola’s squad. He is one of our most experienced and popular players and we couldn’t be happier that he is staying with us as we embark on what we all hope will be a very exciting season.

“Yaya has been central to the successes we’ve had over the past seven years and he has a vital part play next season.”

The announcement ends speculation about the future of Toure after the revelation made by his agent Dimitri Seluk that he had opened talks with other clubs for the 34-year-old. That comment came in the aftermath of Toure being left out of the side in the earlier part of the 2016-17 season because of a row between Seluk and City chief coach Pep Guardiola.

Seluk had started negotiations woth clubs in Italy and Spain and even the inter city rivals Manchester United. But Toure himself had expressed a desire to stay City and the club has reciprocated.

The former Ivory Coast captain has been a key figure in the last seven years in City and has helped the club win six trophies (two EPLs, 1 FA cup, 2 Football League Cups, 1 FA community shield).

“I’m delighted. I told myself the journey at City is not done and when I received a call from Txiki and talked to the manager I was very delighted,” Toure said in the statement.

“When I was first coming here (in 2010) I was trying to be part of a new story, of something special at this club. I am very lucky now to be part of a great club with great players around me who are helping me to achieve my targets.”

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Manchester United Emrege As Shock Favorites To Land Star Player From The Etihad

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will be relieved that they were finally able to move out of the sixth place in the points table, thanks to a victory at the Riverside at the weekend, coupled with Arsenal’s loss at the Hawthorns.

United are currently just five points off Liverpool in the 4th place in the points table, having also played a couple of games less than their rivals and have a great chance to move into the Champions League next season.

Jose Mourinho has been planning his summer transfer window accordingly as he has been looking to add some of the biggest names in Europe to his squad come the end of the season.

This has seen the club linked with some of the biggest names in Europe but one name that is shockingly doing the rounds today is Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure.

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Thrown out of Barcelona by Pep Guardiola himself in his time in Spain, Toure settled into life at the Etihad a few years ago and has helped them to some of the biggest victories in the history of the club.

He is not as mobile as he used to be but the Ivory Coast international is still right up there with the best in the business in the domestic league in England.

He has not been able to impress Pep Guardiola after a decent start to his playing time this season and his recent outing over Liverpool showed that he might not have a place in the first team anymore this season.

Toure has obliged to that fact and has already started looking for potential clubs that will be ready to take him.

Speaking to media recently, Toure revealed that he would love to stay in England.

Speaking after City’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, he told The National: “That is why I want to stay in England.

“Otherwise I go to China or wherever because it is that type of game I want to play in. In England, it is fantastic. My preference is City,’ he added.

His agent also revealed that he is open to a move to top-4 rivals and cross-town rivals Manchester United have now emerged favorites to sign him this summer.

That is according to bookies who think the 33-year old will join Jose Mourinho for the first time next season.

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Ladbrokes have made the Ivorian the 13/8 favorite to join the Old Trafford at the end of the season.

A move to Chinese Super League is 7/2 with a quartet of Premier League sides –Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham – priced up at 6s.

They have however ruled out a return to the Nou Camp with 20/1 on offer for the midfielder to head back to Barca.

Do you think Jose Mourinho will take Yaya Toure to the Old Trafford this summer?

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Champions League Win Will Be Guardiola’s Biggest Achievements: Toure

Manchester, March 12 (IANS) If Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola manages to win the Champions League, it will be the Spaniard’s biggest achievement, according to midfielder Yaya Toure.

“I think this could be Pep’s biggest achievement,” Toure was quoted as saying by mirror.co.uk. “It is his biggest test. But this guy likes challenges — and so do the players. So it is good.”

City go to the second leg of Champions League round of 16 with a 5-3 advantage over French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.

“This team is so young. We already had good ­players, but now Pep brings in young players and that is so demanding for him. But it is starting to feel like something big is ­happening at City. The fans feel it, everyone feels it.

“We are getting a winning mentality in Europe and playing very well. When we play like we did against Monaco, we come close to the great teams like Real Madrid, ­Barcelona and Bayern (Munich). We cannot dream about anything yet because we still have a second leg to play.

“But if you ask the fans, they believe it. You saw their reaction against Monaco.”

The FA Cup is also within Guardiola’s reach as his team reached the semi-finals with a 2-0 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

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Man City Midfielder Toure Admits To Drink Driving

Manchester, Dec 13 (IANS) Though Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure did not admit that he “intentionally consumed alcohol”, the Ivorian footballer has pleaded guilty to drink-driving, it was reported on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old was “above the permitted limit”, and did not challenge the charge. He was fined 54,000 pound (around $68,707) — a means-tested fine — and banned from driving for 18 months by Barkingside magistrate.

“It is well known that I am a Muslim and do not drink. I have always refused alcohol,” Toure was quoted as saying by BBC.

In his statement, Toure added: “Drink-driving is a serious crime and even though I was not intentionally consuming alcohol I accept the ban and fine and I would like to apologise for this situation.”

The former Ivory Coast international was recalled to the Manchester City squad earlier this month after apologising for “misunderstandings” relating to comments made by his agent Dimitri Seluk on club head coach Pep Guardiola.

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Yaya Toure Apologises To Man City For ‘Misunderstandings’

London, Nov 5 (IANS) Ivorian football player Yaya Toure has apologised to his team Manchester City for the “misunderstandings from the past” and said he wants to “help” it “succeed further.”

In a statement issued by the club’s website on Friday, Toure said: “I wish to apologise – on behalf of myself and those who represent me – to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past.”

“Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there. I am immensely proud to have played a part in the club’s history and want to help City succeed further. I live to play football and entertain the fans,” he added.

Pep Guardiola, coach of the ‘Citizens’, had made clear that Toure, 33, would not play in the first team, if his agent Dimitri Selcuk does not apologise for criticising the coach for leaving the player off the list for the Champions League.

Toure has scored 75 goals in 267 matches with City since coming from Barcelona in 2010 for 24 million pounds ($30 million).

“I would like to thank all of the fans for their messages through this difficult period. This means a great deal to me and my family,” Toure concluded in the letter.

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Breaking: French champions interested in two outcasts from Manchester clubs

According to the reports from Daily Star, French Champions Paris Saint-Germain are interested to sign Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manchester City outcast Yaya Toure.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is completely ignored by new manager Jose Mourinho as he was banished to reserves and have not yet made a single appearance for the club this season. While Yaya Toure is facing difficult situation under Pep Guardiola.

Yaya Toure was snubbed by Pep Guardiola recently as he is not even picked for the Champions League squad for Manchester City. The 33-year old Ivorian international is expected to remain away from first team as his agent has made sensational comments on Pep Guardiola which soared the relationship further.

The 33-year old is set to be out of contract next summer and Manchester City would be keen to let him go for the French champions if an offer arrives this January.

Meanwhile, Bastian Schweinsteiger is also facing a similar situation as Manchester United has failed to offload him during the summer as he was considered surplus to the club’s requirements according to new manager Jose Mourinho.

The French champions are reportedly willing to offer a £1.5 million for Yaya Toure in an attempt to tempt the Citizens as they are ready to offload him as his huge £230,000-per-week wages are considered a burden after his reduced importance to the first team this season.

Manchester United have signed Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich last summer under Louis van Gaal for a £6.7 million, but the Red Devils have put the German as a loss in their club accounts which were announced earlier this month as they became the first English team to post £500 million annual figures. He earns a massive £180,000-a-week wages as Red Devils are keen to let him go away from Old Trafford.

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Man City’s Yaya Toure retires from international football

Manchester, Sep 20 (IANS) Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Tuesday announced his retirement from international football.

The Ivory Coast international said in a statement on his website: “Writing this note was probably ‘the most difficult match of my life’. After 14 years at the highest level, I’m sure this is the right time for me.”

“The fact that I am 33 now, the intensity of training and the multitude of games are not the reasons why I am making this decision.”

The 33-year-old has been capped 102 times by his country, scoring 19 goals.

The four time African Footballer of the Year was the captain of his national team and led the country to their second-ever African Nations Cup title in 2015.

Toure made his debut for the Ivory Coast in 2004, and replaced Didier Drogba as captain when the striker retired following the 2014 World Cup.

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Highly Cited: Premier League’s top 10 highest paid footballers this season

Paul Pogba is now the highest-paid player in the English Premier League, after his world-record move to Manchester United.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who has signed a five-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit, will earn £290,000 a week.

It is a huge jump from £65,000 a week his agent, Mino Raiola, demanded from the club in 2012, before he left for Juventus. At that time, Sir Alex Ferguson was alarmed by such demands for a young player, who only made seven first-team appearances – all as a substitute.

Pogba will now earn more than United captain, Wayne Rooney and fellow summer arrival, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Manchester dominates the top 10 earners in the EPL, with City having Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Raheem Sterling. Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Eden Hazard of Chelsea also make the list.

Let’s take a quick look at Premier League’s top 10 highest paid footballers at the moment.

*All estimated figures pre-tax. Sums may vary according to bonus payments

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Manchester United and Arsenal interested in Man City midfielder, confirms agent

Manchester United and Arsenal have shown their interest to sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, confirms his agent Dimitri Seluk to Sky Sports.

The 33-year old was one of the key midfielders for City till last season but has dramatically fallen down the pecking order under new manager Pep Guardiola. He hit a new bottom when he was not selected in Manchester City’s Champions League squad last week which has raised lot of eye brows in England.

Since Toure is surplus to Manchester City requirements, rivals United and Arsenal have been in touch over the midfielder. However his agent has confirmed that the move could be ‘impossible’ but revealed they received offers from China, Turkey, Italy and the United States.

“Yaya in January can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs abroad,” Seluk said. “He will have many offers from clubs. China and America of course they want him but we will have a lot of offers from England and Europe.

“He is in very good shape, very good condition, I think he lost seven kilograms.

“Maybe that’s not good enough for Guardiola, but then Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasn’t good enough for him (at Barcelona).

The player is yet to feature in any of the match day squads and was not selected to Champions League squad which means that he has no future under Pep this season and agent Seluk feels omission of Yaya could impact African fan base of Manchester City.

“They will lose a lot of millions of supporters from Africa because of this decision from Guardiola,” Seluk said.

“Now they will support Manchester United. A lot of people in Africa say they will never see any more matches of City on TV.”