Yaya Toure is reportedly set to take his first steps into coaching at Ukranian side Olympic Donetsk.
The former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder has not joined any team since leaving Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai on January 1, 2020.
— Dimitry Seluk (@dmitriseluk) January 15, 2021
He looks to have finally pulled the plug on a glittering playing career and will take his first coaching job after securing his pro license.
His last playing contract was at Qingdao Huanghai in the Chinese Super League, but reports suggest he will start his coaching career in the country he played in from 2003 to 2005.
He made three appearances for the now-disbanded Metalurh Donetsk over those two seasons but is now set to join Vicente Gomez’s coaching staff at neighbours Olympic Donetsk. Toure’s former agent Dimitry Seluk commented on the news on Twitter, saying: “Yaya started his football career in the Donetsk club. He will also start his coach’s career at the Donetsk club.
“Unfortunately, Metallurg is no longer there. [He] Will come to Olympic. Thanks to the president and head coach who invited Yaya to pass on his experience to young footballers as an assistant coach.”
Toure won six league titles during his career – which included eight seasons at the Etihad – as well as the Champions League with Barca in 2009.
He also bagged the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 with his Ivory Coast team-mate