Athanasiadis completes move to Maccabi Haifa
After 10 years with PAOK, Stefanos Athanasiadis will continue his career in Israel with Maccabi Haifa.
On Tuesday, the Greek forward signed a 2-year deal with the Israeli club and he will be the highest paid player at the club with annual earnings of €600,000. Athanasiadis played with PAOK throughout his youth career and in 2007, signed his first professional contract with the club. He remained with the Dikefalos tou Vora for all 10 seasons with the exception of a one year loan spell at Panserraikos during the 2009/10 season.
Last season was a disappointing one for the 29-year old striker as he finished the year with 5 goals from 33 appearances, but without finding the back of the net in league play. After signing his new deal with Maccabi, the former PAOK captain stated “I am very happy that I am here. Yesterday I saw our fans and the atmosphere was fantastic. I can't wait to play my first game in front of our fans.”
After the move was made official, PAOK proceeded with a statement mentioning that the player signed with Maccabi Haifi on a free transfer and that the Thessalonikis hold a re-sale clause if Athanasiadis is sold by Maccabi in the future.
PAOK went on to thank the 29-year old for his historic contributions to the team saying “The PAOK family thanks Klaus from the bottom of our hearts for his historic contribution to the team over the the last 20 years and we wish him all the best in the future of his great career.”
Athanasiadis also took a moment to say goodbye to PAOK and thank the club for everything over the years through an emotional post on Instagram.