Ex-Olympiakos midfielder hints at potential Celtic move
Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure has hinted about the possibility of joining Celtic in the near future. The 35-year-old is currently a free-agent after terminating his contract with Olympiakos and he has now revealed that he is eyeing one more season at the highest level in either Scotland of England.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Toure joked that his brother Kolo has urged him to take up a new challenge with the Scottish champions. He added that nothing has been decided yet regarding his future, though he would like to hold a meeting with manager Brendan Rodgers to find out whether the Hoops can offer him a contract.
He said: “Kolo is asking! Celtic is a great team but let me speak with Brendan, we will see. Maybe Kolo is arranging something for me but let's see. To be honest I've been playing in the Premier League, it's the league where for me it's been the most enjoyable. But we never know, maybe I could end up in Scotland or maybe in England, or maybe in France. I want the choice to enjoy maybe one more year at a high level.”
“Despite being 35, Toure would prove a quality addition for the Scottish champions“ but there remain concerns regarding the financial package which may restrict the Hoops from making an approach. As such, the Ivorian may have to look elsewhere to “prolong his professional career“ and only a massive wage cut could see him make the move to the Glasgow giants.
Meanwhile, Celtic have sought to bolster the forward department this month after struggling to do so following the departure of Moussa Dembele last summer. The Scottish giants have recruited Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah on loan deals from West Bromwich Albion and Paris Saint-Germain respectively while VakounIssoufBayo has joined them on a permanent move from DunajskaStreda.