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24th Jul 2020

Yaya Toure is training with Leyton Orient

Yaya Toure misses football so much he's popped over to East London to train with League Two side Leyton Orient, because why wouldn't he?

Reuben Pinder

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Yaya Toure loves football. He absolutely lives for it. He’s missed it so much during lockdown that, following his contrect expiring at Qingdao Huanghai, he has decided to go and train with League Two side Leyton Orient. Just for fitness and fun.

“The manager and staff have been fantastic in allowing me to come train with the lads, and it’s a huge opportunity, as things aren’t easy, especially with the virus,” said Yaya Toure, talking to Orient TV.

“I just want to enjoy it until the last minute. Football for me is everything.”

The Manchester City legend spoke to Orient TV about his decision to train with them in a video that you can watch here.

Orient boss Ross Embleton initially thought it was a joke. Why on earth would Champions League and Premier League winner and possibly the best African player of all time want to train with Orient?

“I had contact from his agent ten days ago, and we thought it was a joke!” said the Head Coach.

“We followed it through though, and pretty soon realised it was the real deal.”

Since leaving Manchester City in 2018 after eight fruitful years at the club, the Ivory Coast legend returned to Olympiacos, where he played before Barcelona, but played just two games for the Greek side.

He then went to China for the 2019 season and helped Qingdao Huanghai get promoted to the Chinese Super League.

Now, the 37-year-old is without a club. I think I speak for everyone when I say I’d love to see Orient sign him but, let’s face it, it’s unlikely.