Bani Yas completed the signing of midfielder Sebastian Leonardo Prediger on Wednesday for a six-month deal from Argentine Premier Division Club Atletico Colon.
The undisclosed deal will see Prediger, who was unveiled on Wednesday, replacing South American Marcelinho. The club will have an option to renew the contract, due to conclude at the end of the season for a further two years.
Prediger, who represented Argentina once in their 3-1 win over Panama when legend Diego Maradona was in charge in May 2009, started his career in his homeland before loan moves to local club Atletico Uruguay and Colombia’s Millonarios.
His big move came in 2009 when Portuguese giants FC Porto beat Netherland’s Ajax Amersterdam to obtaining the Argentine’s services.
However, he failed to live up to expectations and was loaned out to Boca Juniors in January 2010.
Pre-diger has also played for Brazilian club Cruzeiro Esporte. Meanwhile, a club official confirmed to Sport360° that ‘some clubs from Dubai’ have registered their interest in Brazilian Marcelinho, who is still training with the club.
It is unclear whether Marcelinho will receive a contract extension, which expires at the end of the season.
Bani Yas are currently in ninth place in the Arabian Gulf League with 20 points. After crushing bottom-side Ajman 4-1 last Thursday, Jorge Da Silva’s side travel to Al Dhafra on Friday