Mali international Drissa Diakite joins Olympiakos

Drissa Diakite

Mali midfielder Drissa Diakite has joined Greek side Olympiakos from French club Nice on a one-year deal.

The Greek champions have snapped up the 27-year-old before their transfer window closes on 15 September.

"I am very happy to be in Greece and join Olympiakos, which is a very big club," Diakite told the club's website.external-link

"The chance to play in the Champions League played an important role since it is the dream for every footballer to play in that competition."

He added: "I did not hesitate to make the decision."

Diakite was immediately added to the Olympiakos squad list sent to Uefa on Tuesday. The club face Arsenal, Montpellier and Schalke in Group B of the Champions League.

He has 17 caps for his country and played in every minute of the Mali's matches at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, apart from the the 2-0 win over Ghana in the third place play-off - only missing the game because of injury.

Diakite made more than 150 appearances for Nice after joining the club in 2006.

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