OFFICIAL: Carlos Zeca to FC Copenhagen
On Monday, Panathinaikos officially announced Carlos Zeca’s move to Copenhagen with the Greek club expected to receive €2.6 million for the 29-year old. A few hours later, Copenhagen also announced Zeca’s move to Denmark.
After six years with Panathinaikos, Carlos Zeca will continue his career in Denmark for Copenhagen. The Danish champions showed interest in the player a few weeks ago and after long negotiations between the two clubs, the deal closed at €2.6 million. Panathinaikos will receive €1.8 million now, €500,000 in three months, and the remaining €300,000 will come in the form of bonuses agreed upon by the two teams.
The player, who expressed his desire to move to Denmark during the negotiation process, has agreed to a 4-year deal with annual earnings over €1 million, a hefty pay raise compared to his annual salary at Panathinaikos of €600,000. Zeca put pen to paper on his contract on Monday afternoon and was officially announced by FC Copenhagen shortly after.
Panathinaikos released an official statement on Monday announcing Zeca’s transfer to Copenhagen. The Prasini thanked the player for his contributions to the team which saw him make 247 appearances with 9 goals scored in six years in Athens. Zeca was also the club’s captain in recent season and helped lead Panathinaikos to the Greek Cup title in 2014.
Shortly after, Zeca also released a statement: “I was a member of Panathinaikos for six seasons and they were the best years of my career. With Panathinaikos I went through everything. Moments of happiness, sadness, achievements, and disappointments. We won the Greek Cup in 2014 and we attempted to keep the team at the highest level. I gave my very best for Panathinaikos and in return I received a lot from the club. I fell in love with Panathinaikos and in reality I became a fan of the club. With all of that, I became Greek and now I have the honor to play for Greece’s national team.”
He went on to say that his time at Panathinaikos is up and he is ready for the next step in his career, with Copenhagen offering him a new career challenge. The Greek international expressed his thanks to the Panathinaikos family and that he will always stand by the club as a true Panathinaikos fan. The former captain also left open a possible return to the Trifylli in the future.
Panathinaikos will quickly move to replace Zeca before the end of the month with developments expected to take place by tomorrow. The first names in the rumor mill are Cameron international and former Ajax player, Eyong Enoh, and current Rennes midfielder Yacouba Sylla. The extra revenue will also allow the Prasini to sign an additional player with enhancements for the wing position looking to be a likely scenario.