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Yaya Toure to take on coaching role in Tottenham’s academy

The 39-year-old Toure completed his coaching course with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) earlier this summer

• July 26, 2022
Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been given a full-time role in Tottenham’s academy.

The three-time English Premier League winner has spent time with the club since December in an unofficial capacity while he worked towards his UEFA A Licence.

The 39-year-old Toure completed his coaching course with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) earlier this summer and will now have his own age group to coach at Spurs.

He has not played professionally since a stint with Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai in 2019 but did train with League Two club Leyton Orient briefly ahead of the 2020/2021 campaign.

Toure, who is the younger brother of an ex-Arsenal defender and current Leicester City first-team coach Kolo, has never announced his retirement from active football.

But he has long held ambitions to move into coaching like his sibling.

A brief spell with QPR, working alongside the head of coaching Chris Ramsey at the beginning of 2021, saw the ex-Cote d’Ivoire international get a taste for life on the touchline.

It acted as a catalyst for his first job after playing.

Toure spent time with Ukrainian Premier League side Olimpik Donetsk and then Akhmat Grozny of the Russian Premier League before he returned to his home in England at the end of last year.

Back in London with his family, the former FC Barcelona ace started helping at Tottenham’s academy in December with the under-18s while he worked towards his UEFA A Licence.

Now he has impressed enough to earn a full-time role as an academy coach with the Premier League side.

Toure will work with his age group at Spurs and could be joined at the club’s Enfield training base by ex-forward Jermain Defoe.

Defoe is set to continue his coaching development at the home of his old team.

(dpa/NAN)

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