Key striker stays at Panathinaikos

Following months of speculation and a seemingly widening rift between the negotiating sides, Panathinaikos star striker Dimitris Papadopoulos agreed to sign a three-year contract to remain with his club last night. The deal to keep Papadopoulos, a member of the national team, at Panathinaikos, is worth 700,000 euros per annum for the player, plus bonuses, sources said. Insiders contended that the timing of the deal’s announcement could be linked to an attempt to brighten the club’s overall mood on the eve of today’s launch of season ticket sales. Archrival Olympiakos has won nine of the past 10 league titles, which has dampened spirits at Panathinaikos.

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