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New Signing: Ilias Chatzitheodoridis

19 January 2018

Cheltenham Town have today completed the loan signing of full back Ilias Chatzitheodoridis from Brentford.

Chatzitheodoridis, who can operate at left back or the left side of midfield, has agreed terms to move to LCI Rail Stadium until the end of the season.

The Greece-born defender, a former Academy player at Arsenal, will now be part of the match day squad to face Mansfield Town this weekend in Sky Bet League Two, subject to Football League clearance.

Manager Gary Johnson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ilias to the club and feel he is ready to play in the league and a big part for us.

“He’s a player that always has a lot of energy to his game and has real quality with his left foot.

“Ilias has had a very good background, with his time in the Arsenal Academy and time at Brentford, and he is determined to take this opportunity with both hands.”

Chatzitheodoridis has made three appearances for the Bees this season in the Carabao Cup as well in the FA Cup earlier this month against Notts County.

The 20-year-old started his career in his native Greece where he combined playing for local club Mas Kallitheakos with training part-time with Arsenal's Greek academy.

After impressing on trial, he signed a two-year scholarship deal with the Gunners in 2014. Chatzitheodoridis made 44 appearances and scored one goal for the Under-18s over two seasons.

Chatzitheodoridis signed with Brentford in the summer of 2016 before agreeing new terms with the Bees in 2017 until the summer of 2019.

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