Olympiacos have confirmed the signing of Sokratis on a free transfer just days after the Greek international terminated his Arsenal contract by mutual consent.
Είμαι χαρούμενος γι αυτό, έχω θέσει πολλούς στόχους και ανυπομονώ να επιστρέψω στον αγωνιστικό χώρο. Εχουμε μια σημαντική σεζόν μπροστά μας και ειμαι σίγουρος οτι θα πετύχουμε πολλά πράγματα τα επόμενα χρόνια. Σας ευχαριστώ για την στήριξη σας. 🔴⚪#WeKeepOnDreaming #Olympiacos pic.twitter.com/2sGNmFK5GE
— Sokratis Papastathopoulos (@SokratisPapa5) January 25, 2021
The 31-year-old has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal and returns to his homeland after 12 years playing his football in three of Europe’s top divisions.
Sokratis was signed from AEK Athens by Genoa in 2008 and went on to spend two years on AC Milan’s books. A successful season-long loan spell with Werder Bremen was turned permanent in 2012 before Borussia Dortmund came calling.
The Greek enjoyed five fruitful years at the Westfalenstadion winning the DFB Pokal in 2016/17. 12 months later, Arsenal paid £17.6 million for his services and he went on to make 69 appearances winning the FA Cup against Chelsea in what proved to be his final appearance for the first team.