Al Ahli complete deal for Rădoi

Jon Turner 14/07/2014
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Done deal: Mirel Radoi has completed his move to league champions Al Ahli.

Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ahli have announced the signing of Romanian midfielder Mirel Rădoi following his release by rivals Al Ain.

In a short statement released on their official website, Al Ahli said: "Al Ahli Club have agreed a contract with Romanian midfielder Mirel Matei Rădoi. Al Ahli will hold a press conference at 9.45pm on Tuesday to reveal more about the details of Rădoi's deal."

The move will see Rădoi work with head coach Cosmin Olaroiu at a fourth club following spells together in Romania at Steaua București, Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal and in the UAE at Al Ain.

During their time together in the Garden City, the Romanian duo won back-to-back league titles. 

Rădoi, who left Al Ain after three years, was deemed surplus to requirements after The Boss completed their foreign quota with the loan signing of Solvakian winger Miroslav Stoch, while opting to retain French forward Jires Kembo Ekoko, who spent last season on-loan in Qatar with El Jaish.

Prolific Ghanaian forward Asamoah Gyan and South Korean midfielder Lee Myung-Joo complete Al Ain's foreign quartet. 

Rădoi's arrival will inevitably cast doubt over the future of Al Ahli's foreign players, although no indication has yet been made as to who will make way for the 33-year-old.

Club captain and talismanic striker Grafite recently signed a one-year contract extension so he is expected to stay, while Brazilian forward Ciel excelled in his first season at the Rashid Stadium following last summer's move from Al Shabab.

That leaves Portuguese midfielder Hugo Viana, who enjoyed a splendid debut campaign for Al Ahli, but the 31-year-old could make an imminent return to Europe. 

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UAE starlet on verge of UCL history

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Big future: Al Kamali will ply his trade in the Maltese Premier League this season.

Al Wahda's highly-rated youngster Hamid Al Kamali could become the first Emirati footballer to play in the UEFA Champions League after completing a one-year loan move to Maltese champions Valletta FC.

Al Kamali is the younger brother of UAE defender Hamdan and has made 18 career appearances for Al Wahda.

However, this season the 21-year-old defender will be plying his trade in Europe following the surprise loan switch.

And Al Kamali could become the first player from the UAE to play in Europe's premier club competition, with Valletta set to participate in the second qualifying round of the Champions League following last season's league triumph – the 22nd in their history.

Playing football in Europe is not an entirely new prospect for the Al Kamali family as Hamdan spent six months on loan at Ligue 1 club Lyon in 2012, although he never made a first-team appearance. 

Indeed, other UAE stars have experienced a tate of European football, with Bani Yas midfielder Amer Abdulrahman enoying a trial at English club Blackburn Rovers last summer, while namesake Omar Abdulrahman impressed on trial at Premier League champions Manchester City following the 2012 London Olympic Games. 

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Al Ain sign UAE international Mohammed Fawzi

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New Boss in town: Mohammed Fawzi joins Al Ain on a three-year deal.

Al Ain have strengthened their midfield options for the new season with the signing of Mohammed Fawzi from Bani Yas.

The UAE midfielder becomes the Boss’ fourth signing of the summer, and joins on a three-year contract.

He is the second player in as many years to leave Al Samawi for the Garden City, and will reunite with Sultan Al Ghaferi at Al Ain.

Meanwhile, Hussain Fadel is keen to make Al Wahda “fans and administration happier” after seeing his loan from Al Qadsia officially extended for a second season.

The Kuwaiti defender agreed a deal to remain at the Abu Dhabi club for another year at the end of the last campaign, but his parent club only confirmed the move late on Saturday night.

It means he retains his place as the club’s Asian player.

He said: “I would like to thank the club management for the huge interest they have shown to extend my contract for another season, and also I do not forget to thank Qadsia Club for making the renewal process easier.

“I will work in the next season to make the fans and administration happier.”

One player who will not be around though is Hamid Al Kamali, who is set to make history after joining Maltese champions Valletta FC on a one-year loan.

The 21-year-old defender – the younger brother of UAE centre-back Hamdan Al Kamali – could become the first ever Emirati to play in the Champions League.

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