Big stars to head East




The major leagues around Europe are coming to an end and players contracts are set to expire. This, of course, means that big named players are targets of teams around the world. That is no less the case as with Yaya Touré and Gianluigi Buffon looking like they could be heading to the Far East.

Yaya to China League 1 

News this week broke that Yaya Touré is on the brink of a move to China League 1 as he is set to join Qingdao Huanghai. The side you currently sit top of the second tier after nine matches look to be on the brink of gaining the signature of the man from the Ivory Coast.

The player arrived into China today it was reported and is set to have a medical with the club over the weekend. This comes after rumours in the media suggested the player was set to retire, this was however repute by the man himself over the weekend.
Pictured at the airport in China on Thursday
As the player reported on the Man City title win over the weekend he was asked about his on future in the game. His response was he would like to play for as long as he can and he was looking for a club. That club now appears to have been found in Eastern China.

The player tweeted this on his future too;

‘There has been a lot of confusion about my future recently. I want to make it clear here that I love football and I’m still in contention to play for a few more years.

‘Yes, I’m starting to prepare myself for coaching badges but full-time coaching is not what I’m thinking now.

‘I am now ready and focused to take new challenges in playing football! And don’t worry once the time has come, I will announce my retirement personally and officially by myself!!’

The much-decorated midfielder who once played down a move to China looks set to end his career in the Far East and good luck I say to him.

Buffon to Tokyo?

Now then to a story that looks a lot less clear and that is the news that Gianluigi Buffon could be ending his career in Japan. Reports earlier in the week linked the keeper with a big money move to FC Tokyo. 

There was talk that the big money transfer would be unlikely to happen but there was a possibility of the transfer being funded to the tune of nearly €5million. This is looking less likely now too as news broke on Thursday evening that PSG has offered the player a contract extension. 
The contract as not been accepted yet though with the player saying "The club has offered me an extension, which makes me really happy. We will look in a few days to examine this project and see if we both believe that it is good to continue together.  It’s going well in Paris. I have an exceptional life experience at 41-years-old. I arrived convinced that I would be involved as a player and as a person, and I found what I came for."

It is unclear if the player will then stay in France, move to Japan or elsewhere, while the chance of retiring this summer is still on the cards. 

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