Hussein El Shahat commits to his 'family' in Al Ain after Al Ahly and Pyramids FC rumours

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Star attacking midfielder Hussein El Shahat has reiterated his faith to Al Ain after rumours about a return to Egypt surfaced.

El Shahat, 26, proved a revelation upon his mid-season arrival – initially on loan – from Misr El Makkasa. A return of seven goals and nine assists in 11 games was pivotal to the Arabian Gulf League being secured, plus he continued to impress when a club-first double with the President’s Cup was secured.

Despite inking permanent terms in March, the one-capped Egypt international was linked to Cairo giants Al Ahly and upstarts Pyramids FC. But judging by his quotes at the Boss’ pre-season training camp in Slovenia, he’s going nowhere.

“All my thinking, my concentration and my feelings as a professional football player are limited to achieving the goals of my club Al Ain, especially as I consider myself one of the players who have the responsibility to represent Egypt outside the borders of my beloved country,” El Shahat said.

“My relationship with Al Ain is not just as a football player who defends his club’s slogan, but I consider myself and all my team-mates as one family.”

Al Ain meet Algeria’s ES Setif on Tuesday for the first leg of the first round of the 2018/19 Arab Club Champions Cup.

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Leroy George wings in at promoted Bani Yas after championship season at Melbourne Victory

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Bani Yas’ return to the Arabian Gulf League has gained some championship-winning pedigree with the exciting capture of Melbourne Victory winger Leroy George on a one-year deal.

George, 31, was named Player of the Season by the A-League victors after he scored nine goals and notched 14 assists. But the former Netherlands Under-21 international could not agree an extension after an outstanding debut campaign upon arrival from Turkey’s Adana Demirspor, leading to the fielding of offers from across Asia.

The promoted Sky Blues officially won this chase on Saturday night. He joins Colombian midfielder Michael Ortega in becoming the club’s second foreign capture, after a loan deal for Ghanaian defender Abdul Kadiri Mohammed from Austria Wien was cancelled.

“Bani Yas signs with the Dutchman Leroy George for one year coming from the Australian team, Melbourne Victory,” they tweeted. “This is renewable for another season.”

George played for Utrecht from 2006-10, with whom he scored once in seven Jong Oranje caps. His career then took him to N.E.C., Azerbaijan’s Qarabag plus the Turkish duo of Goztepe and Adana, before gaining silverware Down Under.

Bani previously signed Australia star Mark Milligan from Victory in June 2015.

A number of promising domestic additions have also been made this summer under new coach, Krunoslav Jurcic.

These include UAE and Emirates Club centre forward Ahmed Malallah, Al Wasl playmaker Ahmed Al Shamisi, injury-prone Al Jazira utility man Salem Ali and the rehiring of centre midfielder Fawaz Awana from Al Nasr.

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

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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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