Mali's Drissa Diakite joins Olympiakos

Reuters, Tuesday 4 Sep 2012

Olympiakos Piraeus have strengthened their squad before the start of the Champions League with the addition of Mali midfielder Drissa Diakite

 Diakite Drissa
OGC Nice's Diakite Drissa (L) challenges FC Lorient's Dubarbier Sebastian during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at Le Ray stadium in Nice, southeastern France, February 20, 2010 (Photo: Reuters)

The 27-year-old midfielder has joined the Greek champions from French side Nice for an undisclosed fee, signing a one-year contract with the option to extend for a further season, the club said.

Olympiakos were able to make the signing even though the European transfer window officially closed on Aug. 31 as the deadline for Greek clubs is Sept. 15.

"I am very happy to be in Greece and join Olympiakos which is certainly a very big club," Diakite told the club website (www.olympiacos.org).

"The opportunity to play in the Champions League certainly played an important role since it is the dream for every footballer to play in that competition and so I did not hesitate to make the decision."

Diakite made more than 150 appearances for Nice after joining the club in 2006.

The Mali international was immediately added to the Olympiakos squad list sent to UEFA on Tuesday. The club face Arsenal, Montpellier and Schalke in Group B of the Champions League.

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