YAYA TOURE has said “we will see” regarding a transfer to Leyton Orient after shocking fans by training with the League Two side as he aims to get fit for the 2020-21 season.
The 37-year-old has been without a club since leaving Chinese second-tier side Qingdao Huanghai earlier this year.
But the Manchester City legend appeared ready for business as he adorned the red training kit of Orient and got down to work.
And while today’s session was mainly about fitness, Toure confirmed that he will remain training with the O’s next week for some ball work.
On being granted the opportunity to train with Ross Embleton’s side, the ex-Barcelona star was very grateful.
He told the club’s media team: “I think the manager and the staff was fantastic, they allowed me to come and train with the lads.
“It’s a huge opportunity, coming with team-mates, meeting people – it’s not easy at the moment with the virus.
“I’m really delighted, I’m really happy.”
I feel like I’m at home here, I want to train and do my best. Maybe we’ll see.
When the Leyton Orient interviewer Luke Lambourne suggested that it was unlikely that Toure would be signing for the O’s, the Ivorian cackled with laughter.
He then continued on his future: “Maybe, can be!
“I just want to enjoy until the last minute because football for me is everything. I’ve been outside football for four or three months and I was thinking ‘I miss something’.
“It’s difficult to express that. I think today I have a great, great feeling with the Leyton Orient team – they allowed me to train with the lads – the manager was fantastic.
“I feel like I’m at home here, I want to train and do my best.
“Maybe we’ll see.”
Thank you to the friendly people at @leytonorientfc for accommodating me to train with them.
It feels good to be back training and feeling the ground!
Getting well prepared for my next challenge 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/XpwXwF57fW
👀 Who have we got here then?
It’s only three-time Premier League, Champions League, La Liga and African Cup of Nations winner Yaya Touré.
There he is look, in his Leyton Orient top at training this morning.#LOFC #OnlyOneOrient pic.twitter.com/nvX99rro4Y
Even the Brisbane Road side’s Twitter admin could hardly believe the sight of the three-time Premier League winner in Orient colours, tweeting “Yaya Touré lads. Bloody hell.”
Fans could scarcely believe their eyes either, struggling to conceal their shocked reactions.
One responded: “Haha! What’s going on there? I can’t think of a good reason why he’s in our training gear.”
While another wrote: “i’m so baffed what is going on”.
Another joked: “We won’t forget your birthday cake @YayaToure x”.
The Ivorian left Manchester City in 2018 after winning his third and final Premier League title with the Sky Blues.
A brief spell with Olympiacos followed, before he made the move to China last year.
Toure departed Qingdao Huanghai after helping them to promotion to the Chinese Super League last season.
He had been linked with Brazilian side Botafogo prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
And he remains eager to keep playing deep into his thirties – as he trains with the O’s and steps up his preparations for the 2020-21 season.