Ex-Twente and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tioté dies

Former Anderlecht, Twente and Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tioté has died after collapsing during training in China. The Ivory Coast international was 30.

Ex-Twente and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tioté dies
Ex-Twente and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tioté dies ©Getty Images

Former Anderlecht, Twente and Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tioté has died aged 30 after collapsing during training in China.

The Ivory Coast international joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February, ending a 12-year spell in Europe. He made 29 appearances in UEFA club competitions, most recently helping Newcastle to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals in 2012/13.

Tioté began at Anderlecht in 2005 and had a season on loan at Roda before linking up with Twente in 2008; he was part of the side that won the club's first Eredivisie title in 2009/10. He moved that summer to Newcastle, where he remained until the start of this year.