Barcelona have confirmed that Ibrahim Afellay will join reigning Greek Super League champions Olympiacos on loan for the 2014-15 campaign.
The Spaniards confirmed the news through the official club website after the Dutchman failed to find a regular place in La Blaugrana's first team last season:
Afellay's Barca career had been stunted by injuries of late, and although there were high expectations for the forward upon his 2011 transfer from PSV, realising his potential has been a difficult task.
Last season, he picked up a thigh injury that saw him miss the beginning of the campaign, with OptaJohan breaking down just how little involvement the player had seen in the past year:
24 - Ibrahim Afellay played 24 minutes of competitive football for Barcelona in 2013/14 (2 apps, 1 in La Liga, 1 in Copa del Rey). Rusty.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) August 9, 2014
This won't be how Afellay would have hoped to spend the last year of his Barcelona career, with his contract at the Camp Nou set to expire next summer, at which point his talents may be a more coveted commodity.
Director of football Andoni Zubizarreta was quoted by Barca's official Twitter account in thanking the 28-year-old for his service:
Zubizarreta: "we want to wish Afellay the best of luck. He is a great professional and a great person - he deserves the best" #FCBlive— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 10, 2014
Afellay's last senior role came during a loan spell with German giants Schalke for the 2012-13 season, where he was permitted to show glimpses of his talent but once again struggled with injury.
Olympiacos will be hoping that such fears can be allayed for the forthcoming term as Inside La Liga confirmed his signing in Piraeus:
Ibrahim Afellay arrived in Athens last night to undergo his medical and finalise his move to Olympiakos. pic.twitter.com/OrwReJWuvK— Inside La Liga (@InsideLaLiga) August 10, 2014
A season's loan with the Greek outfit gave Arsenal striker Joel Campbell the means to progress in his development last season, and Afellay can strive to see the term have a rejuvenating effect on his career.
The Netherlands international has long been seen as a potential weapon, and should he be able to come upon consistency during his time in Greece, Afellay may yet prove his worth among Europe's elite as Olympiacos gear up for another Champions League quest.