James Rodriguez has joined Greek giants Olympiacos. On Thursday, the membership introduced the signing of the 31-year-old midfielder, who’s fulfilling his want to return to Europe after his spell with Al Rayyan. The Colombian playmaker joins as a free agent after ending his contract in Qatar.
“Al Rayyan terminates by mutual consent the contract of Colombian skilled James Rodriguez after reaching an settlement between each events,” the Qatari membership reported on its social channels.
Shortly afterwards, Olympiacos introduced the signing: “HE’S HERE! Welcome James Rodriguez to Olympiacos!
The deal was finalised hours earlier than the shut of the switch window in Greece. He’ll put on the quantity 10 shirt, and can grow to be the fourth Colombian participant to play for Olympiacos. Felipe Pardo, Jorge Bermudez and Juan Pablo Pino have all donned the well-known shirt. Worldwide stars comparable to Rivaldo, Ballon d’Or winner and World Cup winner with Brazil, Karembeu and Yaya Toure, amongst others, have additionally performed for the membership.
The membership lately confirmed Marcelo as their star signing for the season. The Brazilian full-back was introduced in entrance of greater than 25,000 individuals on the Karaiskakis Stadium and can now be reunited with James, his team-mate for a number of seasons at Actual Madrid.
Olympiacos are presently third within the Greek league desk. After 4 video games, they’ve eight factors and are behind Panathinaikos (12) and PAOK (10). Carlos Corberan’s facet are additionally competing within the Europa League, in a gaggle with Nantes, Freiburg and Qarabağ. James can’t be registered for the group stage as a result of UEFA laws.
James Rodríguez’s spell at Al Rayyan
The midfielder arrived in Qatari soccer in September 2021 from Premier League outfit Everton. He made his debut on 17 October towards Al-Duhail SC (3-0 defeat) and scored his first objective on 26 October in a 4-2 win over Al-Sailiya.
Nonetheless, as a result of accidents, he solely performed 16 matches between the league and Emir Cup, the newest one eight days in the past towards Al Markhiya (21 minutes). In complete, he scored 5 targets and supplied seven assists.
James has returned to European soccer to play for essentially the most profitable membership in Greece. In its virtually 100 years of historical past, Olympiacos has received greater than 70 home titles, together with 47 Leagues and 28 Cups.