Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has signed for Chinese second division club, Qingdao Huanghai six months

The 36-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder has been without a club since having his contract terminated by Greek giants Olympiakos last December.

Toure, who left Man City at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, was last seen plying his trade for Olympiacos.

The new club, Qingdao Huanghai, are top of Chinese League One by four points after 15 games as they look to play in China’s top tier for the first time in their history.

After signing for Qingdao Huanghai FC in the Chinese League One, the second division of Chinese football, the footballer said:

“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!” said the Premier League winner in a statement on his official website.

“This is a very exciting young club with a lot of potential 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 ex-Ivory Coast international enjoyed a trophy-laden eight-year spell with City, winning three Premier League titles, two EFL Cups and an FA Cup.

Toure is the second big name to move to China in as many days, after Rafa Benitez was appointed manger of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.

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