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Friday, 09 October 2009 14:45

Ricardo Esteves enjoying Greek experience

Midfielder eyeing next move

Well-travelled midfielder Ricardo Esteves is enjoying life as one of the many Portuguese footballers based in Greek football, with the Lisbon native currently plying his trade with Asteras Tripolis.

At 30 years of age, Esteves has had somewhat of a journeyman career, representing eleven clubs and changing teams four times in the last five years. However, the former Maritimo man is currently in his second season with Asteras Tripolis, where he followed Portuguese boss Carlos Carvalhal last summer.

“I was well received last season and was somewhat of a regular in the team,” Esteves explained to Record. “This season, however, I have not played much in the first games. But I’m enjoying the experience, even though the culture and mindset here is very different. But I’m learning all that. The biggest problem is the Greek language.

“Here the championship is very strong, but less technical. A lot of the play is based on energy and strength and the focus is on physical contact. In Portugal it is different and the game is more balanced. But you get used to it.”

The lucrative two-year deal provided by Asteras was enough to attract Esteves to the Greek Super League, but the player admits to already thinking about his next move. “It was a very good proposal, taking into account my age, and one I could not refuse. I don’t regret it.

“At the end of this season I finish my contract. Then, it’s not really my intention to stay here. Which side I move to, whether in Portugal or elsewhere, depends on the offer and whether it is an ambitious project.”

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