Olympiacos defender Pape AbouCisse revealed to reporters that West Ham were among a host of clubs after his signature in the summer. Cisse is regarded as one of the best defenders in Greece and has been a constant feature for the Greek champions in this year’s Champions League.
He was quoted in an interview with French tabloid Le Quotidien where he revealed that Rennes, Monaco, and Wolves were other clubs interested in him. He, however, alluded that his dream was to play in the Premier League but he remains under contract with Olympiacos.
Roma are reportedly closing in on signing Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira on a two year deal according to reports in Italy.
The German midfielder is said to be close to an exit from Juventus and is willing to take a pay cut to join Roma.
Greece international Sokratis Papastathopoulos has said that Laurent Koscielny remains an influential player for the club and he is hopeful that the Frenchman stays for many more years to come. The former France international has been speculated to be heading through the exit door this summer with reports emerging that the club are keen pursuing a younger replacement.
Speaking to reporters, Papastathopoulos was asked about the ongoing speculation involving Koscielny’s future where he appeared to dismiss any doubts by saying: “I think Lolo (Koscielny) will stay a lot of years and I’m very happy I played with him, and I’ll be very happy if I continue to play with him.”
The past few weeks has been a bad advertisement for the top leagues in Europe as cases of Fans misbehaviour have headlined the news. The recent case of a fan running onto the pitch in the derby clash between Birmingham and Aston Villa reinforces the dangerous precedent in recent years.
The male fan punched the Aston Villa from the back before being escorted by the police amid reports of potential jail time for the assault. Later during the day another fan ran onto the pitch in the clash between Arsenal and Manchester United and appeared to shove Chris Smalling before running to celebrate with the Arsenal players.
The club of Olympiakos was recently penalized for a huge amount of 90 thousand Euros following trouble by the crowd present in its match which was held in the Europa League against the club of AC Milan in the last month. UEFA sanctioned the side of Greek on the last Friday over the offense of pitch invasion, blocked stairways, and the ridiculous activity of setting-off of some fireworks on and off the field during a match in which the club defeated Milan on 13th of December, held at the Piraeus.
Olympiakos will be playing its next match at the home behind the doors which will be closed; however, this was banned for a “period of probation” for a time duration of 2 years. The Reds will be facing Dinamo Kiev for forthcoming Round of 32 which will be held in the next month. The coach of Milan named Gennaro Gattuso has suggested after the match that the club of Olympiakos threw some additional balls over the pitch of the stadium and he also mentioned it as a “strange noise of trumpet”, although he made it very clear that this incidence cannot be an excuse for the defeat of Italians. And he said that they lost the match because of the performance of the side and there wasn’t any other reason for the loss. Milan was also penalized 5 thousand Euros after some fans of Milan set off crackers in the stadium.
Greek Superleague giants Olympiakos FC have completed the signing of former Manchester City man, Yaya Toure on a free transfer.
The Ivorian midfielder has always looked likely to leave Manchester City since the arrival of Pep Guardiola and Olympiakos have seized the opportunity. Initially, rumors had it that Yaya still wanted to stay in England. A rumour even spread that the midfielder had passed a medical in London.