Mohammed Ayed completes move to Al Nasr from AGL rivals Al Jazira

Denzil Pinto 24/07/2018
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Now a blue: Mohammed Ayed (right). Image: Al Nasr Twitter

Mohammed Ayed is the latest player to arrive at Al Nasr this summer after the 27-year-old completed his move from Arabian Gulf League rivals Al Jazira.

The defender has moved to the Blue Wave on a three-year contract, just 12 months after signing for two-time AGL champions Jazira where he only played four times in the league.

“Al Nasr has agreed a deal for defender Mohammed Ayed from Al Jazira Club on a contract that will last three years. The player will wear the number 21 shirt,” read a statement on Al Nasr’s official Twitter account.

Ayed’s new employers have been busy in the pre-season as coach Ivan Jovanovic looks to improve on their fourth-place finish in the AGL where they finished 16 points behind champions Al Ain.

Former France, PSG and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is their most high-profile signing with the 32-year-old ending his three-year stay in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

Jovanovic has already landed a new striker in the form of Brazilian Iury de Castilho from Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk. The 22-year-old scored on 11 occasions in 25 Ukrainian Premier League matches last term for his fourth-placed employers.

With the season to begin next month, Nasr have acted early in their transfer business with UAE centre-back Mohammed Marzooq arriving from Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club and young forward Mohamed Al Akbari from Al Wahda.

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Saudi Professional League Coach of the Year Vuk Rasovic desires 'new success' at Al Dhafra

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Saudi Professional League Coach of the Year Vuk Rasovic is determined to seek “new success” with Al Dhafra and prevent another dogfight against relegation.

Rasovic, 45, has inked a three-year deal with the ambitious Western Knights. The Germany-born, ex-Yugoslavia defender represents a promising appointment after he guided Al Faisaly to defeat in their first-ever King’s Cup final in May, plus lifted them from sixth to ninth during his only full season in charge.

At the same time, Dhafra finished just one point and one place outside the promotion/relegation play-off spots in the Arabian Gulf League. Rasovic has resolved to stop a repeat, especially with outstanding Al Hilal midfielder Nicolas Milesi among a flurry of intriguing recruits.

He said: “I have a great desire for new success with this team. I followed Al Dhafra and the Arabian Gulf League before signing and I have a good idea about the team.

“I especially praise the club’s deal with the Uruguayan player, Nicolas Milesi.”

Rasovic replaces Macedonia’s Gjoko Hadzievski.

The new man has also impressed in Europe. In 2012/13, he claimed the Serbian Super Liga crown with giants Partizan Belgrade.

Future glory at Dhafra will rest on the output of their four foreign additions.

Milesi won the SPL twice with Hilal, Brazilian midfielder Diego is the reigning Ligue 2 Player of the Year, centre-back Amine Atouchi represented Morocco at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and Helder Guedes is an ex-Portugal Under-21 forward.

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Croatia giants Dinamo Zagreb agree loan move for Al Ain youngster Ali Eid

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Ali Eid at Al Ain (Twitter/@alainfcae_en).

Highly rated Al Ain and UAE Under-23 striker Ali Eid cannot wait to embrace the “extraordinary opportunity” afforded by a season-long loan to the fabled breeding grounds of Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb.

Eid, 20, on Saturday joined an exclusive club of Emiratis who have inked temporary contracts with European outfits. Al Wahda and UAE centre-back Hamdan Al Kamali failed to make a first-team appearance for France giants Lyon in 2012, while younger brother Hamid became the first of his countrymen to play in the UEFA Champions League’s preliminaries while at Malta’s Valetta in 2014/15.

The 20-goal recipient of the 2017/18 Arabian Gulf Reserve League’s Silver Shoe Award will hope to make a greater impact at his new team, whom 14 of Croatia’s 22-man squad for Sunday’s World Cup 2018 final – including Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric – are either presently or previously employed.

“I will ensure not to miss this extraordinary opportunity and push myself to the limit to achieve my boundless ambitions,” said Eid, who is heading towards the side that current Boss coach Zoran Mamic successfully led from 2013-16.

“I know well what I am meant to do in the coming stage and I am determined to achieve the desired results and gains during this important period of my life.”

Eid did not appear for last term’s double winners in either the Arabian Gulf League or President’s Cup. His only taste of top-flight action to date is a four-minute cameo in January 2017’s 3-2 win at Hatta.

Then Bani Yas and UAE midfielder Amer Abdulrahman had an unsuccessful trial at the Championship’s Blackburn Rovers in 2013. Al Ain superstar Omar Abdulrahman was unable to acquire a work permit in the immediate aftermath of the London 2012 Olympics, after impressing at Premier League heavyweights Manchester City.

This latest move has echoes of neighbours Saudi Arabia’s decision to send nine players to Spain in January, prior to the ongoing World Cup.

Croatian media reported that Eid has signed a contract that states he is obliged to play for Dinamo’s reserves, if he does not meet criteria for a first-team spot.

Mamic and Dinamo are mired in legal problems. The 46-year-old was one of four men handed jail sentences in June – appeals are planned – because of their involvement in multi-million-euro abuse of power and graft related to the club.

They have won 12 out of the last 13 Croatian First Football League titles, including 2017/18’s return to first place.

Success in the top flight has gained Dinamo access to the second qualifying round of the 2018/19 Champions League.

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