Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure is to return to former club Olympiakos, having completed a medical in London – leading to his agent teasing that he might be about to join a side in the capital.
Toure, 35, has been without a club since he left Manchester City at the end of last season, and has been the subject of much speculation about his next move, once he made it clear he wanted to keep playing – and for a leading team.
Now it is being reported that he is returning to Greek side Olympiakos – where he played from 2005-6 – and could be earning up to £2 million per year after tax, according to The Mirror.
However, Toure’s agent, Dimitry Seluk, sparked much speculation yesterday when he tweeted that Toure had passed a medical in London. Rumours abounded of him being set to join various London clubs, including West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Chelsea and Fulham.
Seluk was clearly having fun, tweeting later that: “It’s not West Ham, 100%. Yaya is a champion. The last place is not for him.” – clearly having a dig at the Hammers’ less-than-successful start to the season.
He also scotched rumours of Toure going to Selhurst Park: “It’s not Crystal Palace, 100%. Roy Hodgson said he doesn’t know when his players’ birthdays are. Can Yaya go there?” This being a reference to an infamous incident where the Ivorian was upset when Manchester City didn’t remember his birthday.
However, if Toure completes a deal to join Olympiakos, he won’t be eligible to play in the club’s Europa League meeting against Burnley later this week.