OFFICIAL: Lazaros leaves AEK to join Olympiacos
Olympiacos confirmed the signing of Lazaros Christodoulopoulos on Tuesday evening, taking the midfielder on a free from Greek champions AEK Athens.
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In the past few days, rumours surrounding Christodoulopoulos’ possible transfer to Olympiacos gathered pace, with the 31-year old revealing his annoyance with the pressure which AEK put on him to sign a new deal and AEK stating that Christodoulopoulos agreed to extend his contract through to 2019. However, Olympiacos released a statement on their official website announcing the new arrival:
“Olympiacos FC announces the arrival of Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. The Greek international joins on a two-year contract which will begin on 1/7/2018.”
According to information emerging from the Greek media, Christodoulopoulos will earn 600,000 euros a year with Olympiacos. In signing for the Piraeus outfit, he has become the first Greek player in history to play with the country’s big four - Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK and PAOK.
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career with AEK this year, spearheading the Athenians’ charge to the Super League title with seven goals in 27 appearances and plenty of superb performances. Christodoulopoulos came through the PAOK academy, later playing for the club’s first team, Panathinaikos, Bologna, Verona, Sampdoria and AEK. In 32 Greek national team matches, he’s scored one goal.
On his social media platforms, Olympiacos communications director Konstantinos Karapapas welcomed Christodoulopoulos to the Thrylos: