AEK Athens announced that Roma attacker Ezequiel Ponce, who spent last season on loan at the club, will not be remaining after the player requested to play in a more competitive league.
Ponce scored 21 goals for AEK this past season, in what was his most prolific goal-scoring campaign as a professional. The Argentine released a brief statement on the club’s official website following the news of his departure:
“I am grateful to AEK and the supporters for the way they welcomed me and helped me adjust. On my end, I believe I repaid their affection by working hard every day and trying to help the team on the pitch. I would like to express my warmest thanks to the president, the coaches, my teammates, and the people I worked with. I want to be clarify: AEK intended to activate the option to buy in my contract, however, not doing so has to do with my desire to play in a more competitive league. AEK will always have a huge part of my career and also my heart even though I had a proposal from another club in Greece – for me, AEK is the only Greek club, who I wish the best for! See you soon”!