Manchester City legend Yaya Toure’s future up in the air as he pulls the plug on Botafogo move after talks and Chinese season remains on hold due to coronavirus crisis with midfielder still on the books at Qingdao Huanghai
- Yaya Toure, 36, has rejected the chance to join Brazilian outfit Botafogo
- Toure informed Botafogo’s vice-president Ricardo Rotenberg of his decision
- It is not yet known if Toure will return to China to play for Qingdao Huanghai
Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has ended talks with Brazilian club Botafogo due to family reasons.
The 36-year-old looked set to swap China for Brazil to prolong his career and experience football in another continent but the move has fallen through.
Toure has cited personal reasons for his decision to spurn their interest leaving his future up in the air.
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure was expected to be announced as a Botafogo player
And Botafogo’s vice-president Ricardo Rotenberg: ‘I chatted today with Yaya all afternoon and now on the phone with his English agent.
‘Yaya told us that he really wants to play in Botafogo but this is a very impactful decision for him and his family for an immediate decision. Moving to Brazil.
‘In conversation with the agent that for now we will end the negotiations but the doors are open in Botafogo. To be clear, Yaya did not accept – saying no.
The former Manchester City man is 36 and his most recent spell was in China
‘We’ve closed it but I still believe in Botafogo. Please, we will continue to send good messages to him and his wife.’
The former Ivory Coast international helped Qingdao Huanghai earn promotion to the Chinese Super League but it appears Toure is not fully committed to the side he represented last season.
The Chinese Super League’s start date is up in the air due to the most recent coronavirus outbreak which was first reported in Wuhan, China.
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