Olympiacos give four first team players their marching orders from Piraeus
Olympiacos, a club which has endured a turbulent few months, recently gave marching orders to four first team players. Stefanos Kapino, Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez, Sasha Zdjelar and Hrvoje Milic were all told to search for a new club.
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The most surprising decision concerns goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino. The 23 year old Greek started the season as Olympiacos’ number one netminder, however he lost his spot following the dramatic 3:2 derby loss to AEK. Since then, the more experienced Silvio Proto has taken over goalkeeping duties, but Kapino was regarded as a player for the future.
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez only joined Olympiacos in the summer, but a number of disappointing performances led to head coach Takis Lemonis losing his patience. Seeing as Sasha Zdjelar and Hrvoje Milic never really forced their way into the Olympiacos side, it was a poorly kept secret that they would be shown the door.
According to sdna.gr, these four players were informed that they will train with the reserves until they find new teams. In further reports, it became known that Lemonis simply did not have the players in his plans for the future, and Olympiacos are eager to shift dead wood out of the team.
Olympiacos’ dramatic call to send four players packing has sent a firm message out to the team that no-one is more important than the club itself. Kapino, Carcela, Zdjelar and Milic were not willing to put the team’s needs above their own, and president Vaggelis Marinakis requires players who will give their all for the Thrylos.