–Eagles defender eyes more playing time at Monaco
Super Eagles defender, Elderson Echiejile has revealed that he came close to joining Greek club, Olympiacos in 2012.
The former SC Braga left-back, who has 40 international caps under his belt, joined AS Monaco in January, 2014 for €1.5m but has now, revealed that a move to the Greek champions had been on the cards.
Echiejile was part of the Monaco side that beat AC Parma 2-0 on Monday as part of their pre-season programme and he is convinced he will have more chances this season after a hugely disappointing 2013/14 campaign.
He made just five league appearances for Monaco last season under former coach, Claudio Ranieri who has since moved on to take over the Greece national team.
Ranieri has now been replaced by Portuguese trainer, Leonardo Jardim who coached Echiejile at Liga Sagres club, SC Braga.
The 26-year-old left-back believes he will have more first team chances under Jardim as a result of their alliance in Portugal.
“I am excited to have the chance to play once again under my former coach at Sporting Braga.
“He knows me very well and in 2012, I came close to joining him at Olympiacos, but it was not to be at the time,” he told www.kicksocca.com.