Araujo and Kone complete return to AEK
At the delight of the AEK fans, Sergio Araujo’s move back to the Kitrinomavri is official. The striker signed a one year loan deal on Thursday while Panagiotis Kone also sealed his return to the Enosis on a loan move from Udinese.
Sergio Araujo was welomced by 1000 AEK fans at the Eleftherios Venizelos airport before arriving at AEK’s offices to sign his new contract with the Enosis. The 25-year old, who did everything in his power to return to AEK, signed a one year loan deal from Las Palmas which does not include a buyout clause at the end of the season.
Araujo played on loan at AEK from Las Palmas for the second half of last season where he made 21 appearances in all competitions, scored nine goals, and set up 6 assists. The Argentine had an immediate impact and quickly became a fan favorite.
He was the hero in last season’s final playoff fixture away to Panionios as his goal gave AEK a 0-1 win and top spot in the playoffs, earning AEK a place in this year’s Champions League qualifying rounds. Araujo, who at the club level has 187 appearances, 53 goals, and 28 assists, will be Manolo Jimenez’s go to man to lead AEK’s attack for the new season as the club look to fight for this year's Greek SuperLeague title.
Panagiotis Kone also made a return to AEK after signing a one year loan deal from Udinese. The former Greek international departed AEK in 2008 for Iraklis before moving abroad for Brescia, Bologna, Udinese, Fiorentina, and Granada. In his first tenure at AEK from 2005-2008, Kone made 33 appearances with 3 goals scored while at Iraklis, from 2009-2010, he made 52 appearances with 8 goals scored.
In Italy, he made his name known with Bologna where he played from 2011-2014 making 94 appearances with 13 goals to his name. The midfielder signed with Udinese in 2014 and has been a player of the Italian club ever since. While at Udinese, Kone enjoyed loan spells at Fiorentina and Spanish side Granada before moving back to Greece for AEK.
Kone is also a Greek international but has not earned a call up under current coach Michael Skibbe. The 30-year old midfielder took part in Greece’s run to the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and has 28 caps for his country with two goals scored.