Araujo In love With AEK as Celebrations Commence
Argentine forward Sergio Araujo on Wednesday reiterated his love for AEK and his desire to stay with the Greek SuperLeague club after firing them back into the Champions League.
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AEK produced a battling display to come from a goal down and defeat Panionios 2-1 in Nea Smyrni, a result which secured top spot in the SuperLeague playoffs and saw Manolo Jimenez’s team clinch a place in the Champions League third qualifying round at the expense of PAOK, who lost out after slumping to a 3-2 home defeat to Panathinaikos at the Toumba.
Sadly for the Kitrinomavri, Araujo’s crucial winning goal in Wednesday’s win could be has last for the club. At least for the time being.
But Araujo, who has made himself a firm fans favorite in his five months at the club since joining on loan from Spanish outfit Las Palmas with his exciting, direct style of play and eye for goal, said he’d love to return.
“I have tried to do everything in my power to help the team,” he said after the final whistle.
He added: “I hope that I will return to AEK, if not immediately then at some point. I have spoken [with Las Palmas and my agent], I have tried. I am in love with AEK and with the city. The president thinks I'm an important part of the team so I'll have more discussions. I have had an incredible five months of happiness here.”
Araujo, 25, has been one of AEK’s top performers in an impressive season from Jimenez's side, who narrowly missed out on silverware when they were narrowly and somewhat controversially beaten 2-1 in the Greek Cup final.
“It was a very difficult game today, we went behind but we showed the spirit that has kept us in the fight all season long. We reacted and got the goals and result we deserved.”
AEK boss Jimenez was understandably delighted with his team’s achievement.
“It has been a great season and there have been amazing highs and disappointing lows or us, such as the cup final. The faith my players have shown in themselves is what has got us this far and helped us achieve what we have done tonight; they deserve all the plaudits they get,” said the Spaniard.