Departures expected at Olympiacos
Olympiacos’ victory over Partizan in Belgrade have left people at the club confident that the Erythrolefki will advance to the next round of Champions League qualifying. Some changes are now expected to take place in the roster including the departure of multiple players.
Olympiacos are the clear favorites to advance to the next round of Champions League qualifying when they host Partizan in the second leg at the Karaiskaki stadium this week. Apart from the 1-3 win on the road, Olympiacos showed great potential under Hasi’s guidance and a possible place in the Champions League group stages will signal a new round of signings to enhance the roster for the world's most prestigious club competition.
Olympiacos have completed many signings this summer, filling much needed gaps in the roster and for the time being, a possible place in the Champions League group stages or the departure of a current player will create the need for furthermore signings. Apart from Gillett, who seems to be Hasi’s personal choice for Olympiacos’ midfield, no other moves seem to be in the works.
After a great display against Partizan, Olympiacos will offer Ben a contract renewal, putting their confidence in the former Panionios striker. In addition, Omar Elabdellaoui will also sign a new deal with the Erythrolefki after playing last season on loan at Hull City in England.
However, there are multiple players likely to leave Piraeus including Tarik Elyounoussi, Andre Martins, Pajtim Kasami, and Georgios Manthatis. Tarik Elyounoussi was not included in the roster submitted to UEFA for the matches against Partizan and his departure seems a sure case. Andre Martins is not in Hasi’s first choices for the new season and considering that the Erythrolefki are interested in Gillett, the Portuguese player will also likely depart. Both players are rumored to have drawn the interest from clubs in England .
Manthatis is rumored to leave on loan for the upcoming season with Belgium and Zulte Waregem looking to be a likely destination. As for Kasami, many clubs have shown interest in the midfielder including Grasshoppers and Dynamo Kiev. Although Ansarifard’s place at the roster does not seem to be certain, Olympiacos have denied any rumors linking him with a move elsewhere.
Earlier this week, Alberto de la Bella returned to Spain for Real Sociedad signing a two year contract with Sociedad after a one-year with the Erythrolefki. Moreover, Andreas Bouchalakis moved to England for Nottingham Forest signing a three year contract with the English side.