DONE DEAL: Yaya Toure joins the eighth club of his career

Africa Focus By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 03/07/2019

Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure has joined the eighth club of his career after signing for Chinese second division club Qingdao Huanghai a two-year deal.

The 36-year-old four-time African Footballer of the Year has not played since having his contract at Greek side Olympiakos terminated in December 2018 and is expected to make his debut on Saturday when Qingdao host Zhejiang Greentown.

Toure was quoted in a statement via the club official website saying: Since the start of my football career, I have always loved challenges and now I have decided to take this new challenge and make history once again with Qingdao Huanghai Football Club.

"This is a very exciting young club with a lot of potentials and we share the same philosophy that is to play beautiful football. It will be my great honour to grow and succeed with this club.

"The club owner Mr. Wang and everyone here at the club make me feel at home. The fans have also been fantastic and showed so much love! I would like to take this opportunity to thank the club owner and staff for their warm welcome and my Chinese agent for the great care and support.

"I believe my experiences in football will offer something new to this growing club and together we can make great history. I can’t wait to let my football do the magic once again, let’s enjoy football together!”

Toure won the Champions League and two La Liga titles with Barcelona before leaving the Catalan giants for Manchester City in 2010 where he lifted three Premier League title at the Etihad.