Greek Super League outfit Larissa have completed the signing of Stathis Tavlarids from Saint-Etienne, the club announced via their official website on Thursday.
The 29-year-old centre-back will join the club in the summer on a free transfer, when his contract with les Verts has been finally wound down.
Nicknamed ‘Taureau’ in France because of his bullish style of play, the Greek was initially a success in Ligue 1 with Lille and then Sainte, though he fell out of favour at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard earlier this season under head coach Alain Perrin. When the former Olympique Lyonnais boss was axed, Tavlaridis had an immediate chance to impress under Christophe Galtier, though his red card against Olympique de Marseille 10 minutes into Galtier’s first game in charge effectively ended his first team career with les Verts.
Speaking to his future club’s official website, the Greece international confessed: “I admit that initially my priority was to continue my career abroad.
“I had set a deadline of April if I was going to return to Greece, for a return after nine years requires serious preparation, since I now have a family.
“I had suggestions from three or four Greek clubs, but after much careful consideration, decided to accept that the offer of AEL.”
Tavlaridis confessed there was a concrete offer from the Greek side last January, though he rejected this as he was expecting the birth of his second child. A four-year deal has been penned with the Super League side, who finished the league campaign in eighth.
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