OFFICIAL: Berg signs with Al Ain
As of Wednesday, Marcus Berg is officially a player of Al Ain. The UAE club announced the signing of the Sweden international, who signed a 2-year contract.
Marcus Berg’s move to Al Ain was made official on Wednesday after signing a 2-year contract with his new club. The deal closed at €3.3 million with Panathinaikos receiving €2.5 million from the move while the rest will go to Hamburg, who held a portion of the player’s rights. The amount is well under Panathinaikos’ original asking price and buy-out clause in the player’s contract which was set at €5.2 million. Al Ain did announce, however, that the final deal did not close at the amount reported, but at a lower cost.
According to sportfm.gr, Panathinaikos made sure that Berg will not play at another Greek team in the future adding a €5 million clause that must be paid to the Prasini if another Greek club wants to sign the Sweden international in the future.
Despite the saga that took place before the deal, Panathinaikos and Berg ended on good terms. After the conclusion of the deal, Panathinaikos released a statement saying “Unfortunately, Marcus Berg decided to leave Panathinaikos because he saw it as good timing, near the end of his career, to obtain a great economical benefit. During the negotiation process there were some misunderstandings. We forget these misunderstandings as Marcus has contributed a lot to Panathinaikos. We wish him the best in the next step of his career and we wait, if he wishes, to end his career with our club.”
Marcus Berg also released a statement on Instagram writing that it was an immense honor and joy to play for Panathinaikos and thanked everyone at the club. He sent his love to everyone at Panathinaikos and mentioned that he is excited for the next chapter in his career.