ATHENS (AP) — Yaya Toure is back with Olympiakos after a 12-year absence.
The 35-year-old midfielder received a warm reception from Olympiakos fans at their Karaskaikis Stadium on Sunday. Perhaps inspired by Toure’s presence, Olympiakos thrashed Giannena 5-0 in the Greek league.
Toure last played for Olympiakos in the 2005-06 season. He has been a free agent since leaving Premier League champions Manchester City in the summer
His return has excited Olympiakos fans with the team having just had its worst season in 23 years — third place after winning 20 league titles in 22 seasons.
Olympiakos competes in this season’s Europa League after beating Burnley 4-2 on aggregate in the playoff round.
Toure said he had “offers from lots of clubs” before choosing Olympiakos.
“I cannot wait to help the club win the trophies the great fans of Olympiakos deserve,” Toure wrote on his website.
Although no financial details were given, Greek sports website Sport24 said Toure will be paid 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million) for one season, plus 2 million euros as a signing bonus.
By DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated Press