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Afellay seals loan switch

Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay has left Barcelona to join Greek champions Olympiakos on a season-long loan.

The 28-year-old has made 35 appearances for the Barca first team since joining in 2010 but injuries have plagued his personal ambitions at the Nou Camp.

Anterior crucial ligament damage meant he missed seven months of action between September 2011 and April 2012 and a muscle problem cut short his 2012-13 season, which he had started on loan at Schalke.

A statement published on Barca's official website on Sunday said Afellay would represent Olympiakos in their title defence during the 2014-15, with a permanent move to Greece possible given his contract expires next year.