Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure has signed for Olympiacos. The 35-year old was released at Manchester City after 8 years with them. Toure joined Manchester City in 2010 from Barcelona. He soon became one of their most integral and helped the club win three Premier League titles. Additionally, Toure also won an FA Cup, two League Cups and a Community Shield with the club.
During his eight-year stint at City, Toure played 316 matches across all competitions and scored 76 goals. He also provided 50 assists.
Toure will have his second spell with Olympiacos, returning after 12 years. He joined the Greek club in 2005 from now-defunct Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk. He played just one season with the club back then but was impressive. Toure played 29 matches, scoring three goals and providing one assist. His performances were instrumental in Olympiacos winning the league and the Greek Cup. As a matter of fact, Toure rose to prominence with his performances at Olympiacos.
Yaya Toure said on the club’s official website, “It is an honour to be back at Olympiakos! 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 Olympiakos deserve. It is now time to let my football do the talking once again. Let’s do this!”
Olympiacos have started the league pretty well by winning their first two games. Yesterday, they thrashed Giannina 5-0. They next take on Asteras Tripolis on September 15.