Olympiacos sign young Croatian goalkeeper Ivica Ivusic
Reigning Greek champions Olympiacos completed their fourth signing of the winter transfer window, taking Croatian goalkeeper Ivica Ivusic from NIK Istra.
Having been searching for a real back-up to current starting goalkeeper Silvio Proto, the Thrylos finally found their man. Olympiacos announced the deal on their official website, with 23-year old Ivusic expressing his happiness about joining the Piraeus club in a brief statement. “It’s a great honour for me to join this family,” stated Ivusic. “I know that Olympiacos are the largest team in Greece, and one of the biggest in Europe. My goal is to train hard and prove why they signed me. I will give 100% to this team, this family and the wonderful fans!”
Following the signings of Kevin Mirallas, Ehsan Hajsafi and Igor Silva, the Croatian is Olympiacos’ fourth transfer this winter. Ivusic begun his career with Rijeka in his native Croatia, before joining Inter Milan’s academy in 2009. In five years with the Italian giants, he competed in 21 Primavera matches. Ivusic gained experience on loan at Prato, later signing for NK Istra where he spent three successful seasons. The goalkeeper has played for all Croatian national teams up to under 20 level, making fifteen overall appearances for his country.
It’s expected that Ivusic will be number two behind Silvio Proto, but if he impresses when given a chance on the pitch, he could put pressure on the experienced Belgian.