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Yaya Toure reacts after his final appearance for City in 2018. FORMER BARCELONA AND Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is training with Leyton Orient. The Sky Bet League Two club returned to work on Monday and were joined by Toure, who last played for Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai. Toure won three Premier League titles during his eight seasons at Man City and is set to train with Orient for the next couple of weeks to improve his fitness, the PA news agency understands. Last summer the 37-year-old had to deny rumours he had retired before he moved to China after a short spell with Olympiacos.
Toure helped Qingdao earn promotion to the Super League in October before he was sent off in his final game for the club. Three-time Premier League winner Yaya Toure is training with League Two side Leyton Orient. Yes, you heard right! The O's tweeted pictures of the former Manchester City and Barcelona star, 37, in their training kit on Friday. Leyton Orient FC 3 Toure will spend the next couple of weeks training with Leyton Orient Getty Images - Getty 3 The legendary midfielder made 316 appearances for Man City The club, who finished 17th in their first season back in England's fourth tier this term, said: "Who have we got here then?
"It's only three-time Premier League, Champions League, LaLiga and African Cup of Nations winner Yaya Toure. "There he is look, in his Leyton Orient top at training this morning. Yaya Toure lads. Yaya Touré lads. Bloody hell. pic.twitter.com/mOe7Ua184I — Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) July 24, 2020 Toure wrote himself into City folklore with a glorious eight-year spell at the Etihad after joining from Barcelona for £24million in 2010. He left England for Olympiakos, before most recently featuring for Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai. Before moving to China last year, Toure denied rumours that he had retired from football. "There has been a lot of confusion about my future recently," he said. Getty Images - Getty 3 Toure helped Qingdao Huanghai win promotion to the Chinese Super League There has been a lot of confusion about my future recently. I want to make it clear here that I love football and I'm still in contention to play for a few more years. Yes, I'm starting to prepare myself for coaching badges but full time coaching is not what I'm thinking now. And don't worry once the time has come, I will announce my retirement personally and officially by myself!! 2/2 — Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) May 12, 2019 "Yes, I'm starting to prepare myself for coaching badges but full time coaching is not what I'm thinking now. "I am now ready and focused to take new challenges in playing football! "And don't worry once the time has come, I will announce my retirement personally and officially by myself!!"