OFFICIAL: Livaja signs three-year deal with AEK until 2021
AEK Athens star Marko Livaja officially extended his contract with the Greek champions on Friday, committing his future to the club until 2021.
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Playing on loan from Spanish club Las Palmas in the 2017/2018 season, Livaja was a crucial figure in AEK’s title run, contributing with eight goals and six assists in 27 appearances. Eager to keep him in the team, AEK coughed up 1.8 million for Livaja’s services, activating his release clause from Las Palmas. Eventually, the Kitrinomavri released a statement on their official website which confirmed that the 24-year old Croatian attacker has signed a three-year contract:
“AEK FC announces the extension of Marko Livaja’s contract until 2021 after an agreement was made with Las Palmas for the transfer.”
Livaja gave an interview to AEK, in which he looked ahead to the upcoming campaign: “Last season, our only mistake was not winning the Greek Cup,” stated Livaja. “We demonstrated that we are the best team in Greece, but this year, we want to prove our quality. The UEFA Champions League? We’re all eager to play there, there are a plenty of difficult opponents for us. However, I think we are ready to participate in the tournament. Everyone wants to be the champions, it will be more difficult this season but we need to show our strength. My family and I are happy here, I want to stay with AEK for a long time.”
Previously in his career, Livaja has been somewhat of a journeyman, playing with Hajduk Split in Croatia before representing Internazionale, Lugano, Cesena, Atalanta, Rubin Kazan, Empoli, Las Palmas and AEK. At international level, the forward has competed for all junior Croatian national teams except the senior side.