Greece and former Arsenal defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, has signed for Greek champion Olympiacos in a deal worth a reported 1.2 million euros ($1.46 million).
The contract the 32-year-old had at Arsenal was canceled by mutual consent last week after he made 69 appearances at the London club.
“One of the most enjoyable times in my career ended today. It has been an honour to wear the Arsenal shirt and I want to thank all the coaches, team-mates, staff and fans around the world for the love and respect they have given me,” Sokratis said on Twitter at the time.
Today, Olympiacos confirmed that Sokratis has agreed to play at the club through the 2022-23 season.
“After almost 13 years in teams abroad, the time has come for me to return to the Greek stadiums with the jersey of Olympiacos,” Sokratis wrote on Twitter.
Sokratis spent six years in Germany at Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund before moving to the UK.
He made his debut for Greece at age 19 in 2008, as then-coach Otto Rehhagel began rebuilding the team that won the European Championship four years earlier.
Considered one of Greece’s most reliable central defenders, he has made 90 appearances for his country.