Olympiakos have confirmed that Yaya Toure’s contract has been terminated just three months into the midfielder’s grand return to the club.
Toure left Man City at the end of last season and, to great fanfare from his agent, rejoined the Greek side with whom he spent a short stint earlier in his career.
The 35-year-old was given a rapturous welcome as fans lined the streets outside the training ground to welcome him back.
Now, with the Ivorian having amassed just 220 minutes of football over five appearances (the last of which came in early November, when he was taken off at half-time in a disastrous defeat at OFI Crete), Olympiakos have decided to mulch the deal and release him.
According to Greek radio station Sport24, Toure has “fallen well short of what was expected of him” and as such said his goodbyes to his teammates after training on Tuesday afternoon.
Given he now possesses the same top speed as a large glacier, it’s hard to see where the next move might be for Yaya. MLS? There’s no way he’d keep pace. China/Middle East? The money would almost certainly be right, so that would probably be more likely.
Either way, we’re almost certainly looking at the final lucrative-as-possible throes before retirement.