Joao Carvalho has been snapped wearing an Olympiacos face mask as he nears a Nottingham Forest exit.
The Portuguese performer is set to end his Forest spell and move to the Greek champions for an undisclosed fee.
Carvalho has been with Forest since 2018 and signed for a club-record £13 million from Benfica.
He leaves having scored eight goals and registering nine assists from 75 appearances in the Garibaldi.
His last outing came as a substitute in the recent 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield, with Steve Cooper throwing him on for the last 10 minutes.
In truth, that has been a story of his season. He’s started just two league games and that has robbed him of a chance to gain any real consistency.
His best spell in a Forest shirt came during the 2018/19 campaign; when Aitor Karanka trusted him to play each and every week in his team.
During that season he scored four times and claimed eight assists which didn’t prove a bad return for a youngster finding his feet in a new country.
Carvalho will now compliment Pedro Martins’ title-chasing team that sits nine points clear at the summit of the domestic division,
Carvalho’s life at Forest
- First Forest goal
Carvalho notched during a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, curling home an unstoppable effort after some good work form Ben Osborn
Carvalho produced a highlight reel all of his own during his first season at Forest. He registered four assists in six games at one point and really caught the eye.
- That Middlesbrough performance
The standout game of his Forest career. A close second was his goalscoring performance in the 5-5 draw at Aston Villa. Aden Flint still has nightmares of Carvalho from Forest’s 3-0 win in April 2019, however.
- Almeria loan
Last season didn’t go according to plan. Carvalho’s loan spell at Almeria was poor and he failed to score a single goal.
- Martin O’Neill
Appointing a defence-minded manager after Karanka was never going to bode well for Carvalho. Pragmatic managers have seen Carvalho somewhat overlooked. He could have been perfect under Cooper but ultimately Forest now have better options.
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