AEK’s Probable Departures During the Offseason
After yesterday’s victory against PAOK, AEΚ climbed to the top of the play-off table and are well in contention of earning a place in next year’s Champions League qualifying. Despite the crucial playoff fixtures ahead, AEK have begun planning for next season with their first priority lying on the clean of the current roster.
The heads of AEK’s football department seem to have drawn up the necessary changes in the roster for next season. However, before proceeding to new signings, players that have not lived up to the club’s expectations, will most likely depart after the playoffs.
According to reports, Ilias Vouras and Christos Aravidis will be looking for another club over the summer. The former fan favorite seems to have fallen out of favor since January, mostly due to behavioural issues. Moreover, the addition of Sergio Araujo dropped him out of the coach’s first choices.
Dimitris Kolovetsios, seeing that he is not in Jimenez’s plans for next season, prefers to make a move to a club outside of Greece. The 25-year old rejected AEK’s contract renewal offer a few days ago.
Ronald Vargas, who was the MVP in last year’s derbies for AEK, will most likely not renew his contract with the Kitrinomavri.
Apart from the four players above, three other players are all but certain to remain at AEK. No news has been heard about the club’s top scorer this season, Tomas Pekhart. whose contract ends this summer.
Hugo Almeida, who was AEK’s big signing over the summer, has a contract with the club until 2018, however he has not lived up to expectations. Finally, Kostas Manolas, the cousin of Roma’s star and son of former AEK captain Stelios Manolas, is likely to leave the club during the offseason.
As for Sergio Araujo, it is clear that AEK want to keep him in the Kitrinomavra. The Argentine striker joined the club in January and quickly became a fan favourite, proving himself to be a valuable asset on the pitch. However, Las Palmas still own the player’s rights and that complicates his stay in Athens to a great extent.