Yaya Toure takes on coaching role at Tottenham’s academy

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been given a full-time job at Tottenham’s academy, according to the PA news agency.

The three-time Premier League winner has been with the club in an unofficial capacity since December while working towards his UEFA A license.

Toure completed his coaching course with the Football Association of Wales earlier this summer and will now coach his own age group at Spurs.

The 39-year-old has not played professionally since a stint at Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai in 2019 but coached at League 2 club Leyton Orient just ahead of the 2020-21 season.

While Toure, the younger brother of ex-Arsenal defender and current Leicester first-team manager Kolo, has never announced his retirement, he has long had ambitions to break into the coaching business like his sibling.

A brief stint at QPR alongside boss Chris Ramsey in early 2021 gave the ex-Ivory Coast international a taste of life on the touchline, which served as a catalyst for his first job after playing.

Toure spent time at Ukrainian Premier League side Olimpik Donetsk and then at Russian Premier League side Akhmat Grozny before returning to his native England late last year.

Back in London with his family, the former Barcelona ace started helping out at Tottenham’s U18 academy in December while working towards his UEFA A license and has impressed enough to land a full-time academy coach with the Premier get league side.

Toure will be working with his own age group at Spurs and could be joined at the club’s Enfield training base by ex-forward Jermain Defoe, who will continue his coaching development at his old team’s home.

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