Czech Republic international midfield player Václav Kolousek has returned to FC Slovan Liberec after six months back at Italian Serie B side Salernitana Sport.
The 26-year-old playmaker helped Liberec to their first-ever Czech championship last year, and was outstanding as the team reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. However, his loan spell at the U Nisy stadium ended and, despite repeated requests to remain in Liberec, Salernitana, who signed Kolousek from FK Dukla Praha in 1997, insisted he returned to Italy.
Having remarked several times that he would rather end his career than stay at Salernitana, and in spite of a concerted effort from his compatriot and Salernitana coach Zdenek Zeman, Kolousek, who has won six caps for his country, lost his place at Salernitana and in the Czech Republic team.
The situation changed after Zeman's dismissal, as the Salernitana management gave him permission to leave and, with Liberec desperately missing Kolousek's accurate passing and dangerous free-kicks, there was only ever going to be one destination. Kolousek has signed a three-and-and-half-year contract, with the transfer fee a reduced €500,000 as his contract was due to expire in the summer.