Yaya Toure on trial at second-tier Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai
Former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Yaya
Toure has landed in China on a trial with second-tier
Qingdao Huanghai, the club told AFP on Friday.
The 36-year-old has been without a team since December
after an unsuccessful three-month spell at Olympiakos in
There were suggestions that the former Ivory Coast
international had retired, but he denied that earlier this
week and said he wanted to keep playing “for a few more
It appears that his swansong could now be a sojourn in
eastern China at Qingdao, who are top of the second-tier
China League One and play in Barcelona colours.
Toure was pictured on Thursday arriving at the city’s
airport and British media said that he was poised to sign.
But a Qingdao Huanghai press official told AFP such reports
were wide of the mark.
“He is here for a trial,” said a spokesman.
“The coaching team will assess his physical condition and
ability to decide whether he is suitable for our team.”
Toure, who spent eight successful seasons with Premier
League champions City before being released last summer,
has long been linked with a move to China.
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In 2016, while still at City, his outspoken agent Dimitry
Seluk told The Sun newspaper in Britain that his client had
rejected a move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu
“We don’t want to go there. And we will never go to China,”
“Yaya does not think about money. Yaya thinks about
On Sunday, Toure signalled his determination to keep
playing after Seluk said he had retired.
“There has been a lot of confusion about my future
recently,” Toure wrote on Twitter.
“I want to make it clear here that I love football and I’m
still in contention to play for a few more years.
“Yes, I’m starting to prepare myself for coaching badges
but full-time coaching is not what I’m thinking now.”
Ricardo Vaz Te, the 32-year-old former Bolton Wanderers
and West Ham United forward, is on Qingdao’s books.