Bani Yas secure signature of Algerian forward Ishak Belfodil from bankrupt Parma

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Belfodil left Parma after the club went bankrupt.

Bani Yas have continued their impressive summer re-build by signing Algeria forward Ishak Belfodil on a two-year contract. Belfodil, 23, was available on a free transfer once he terminated his contract with Serie A crisis club Parma in May after they declared bankruptcy.

The Lyon youth product will now continue his career in the Arabian Gulf League, joining up with the Sky Blues’ fellow new foreign signings of Australia defensive midfielder Mark Milligan and Celta Vigo striker Joaquin Larrivey.

Luis Garcia’s men are determined to improve on their disappointing eighth-placed finish in 2014/15 with a complete revamp of their four-player foreign quota likely after also declining to confirm Spanish playmaker Joan Verdu’s will stay with the club.

“Bani Yas announces a contract with Algeria international player Ishak Belfodil officially for aperiod of two years, with a renewable option,” they tweeted.

“He signed with the club on Monday night in Abu Dhabi and has now travelled to Spain for the team’s training camp. The three foreigners officially signed up by Bani Yas are Belfoldil, Mark Milligan and Joaquin Larrivey.”

Belfodil scored one goal in 23 top-flight appearances last term as the financially-stricken Gialloblu limped to a bottom-placed finish. This was his second spell at the club, previously representing them in 2012/13 prior to an unhappy one-season association with Internazionale.

The 12-times-capped Fennecs international is likely to be deployed as a direct replacement for released Swedish attacker Imad Khalili, supporting centre forward Larrivey from out wide.

Meanwhile, Peru forward Jefferson Farfan is convinced he made the correct call last week to end hislong association with Schalke 04 and join Al Jazira. Farfan, 30, has inked a threeyear contract worth 9 million euros (Dh36.5m) in wages to join the AGL title chasers.

This finished a successful seven-year long spell in the Bundesliga with Die Konigsblauen with Jazira paying a 6m euro (Dh24.3m) transfer fee.

“I am happy, because I was successful in taking the right decision at the right time,” he wrote on his official Facebook page.

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“I felt happier when I was met by officials of Al Jazira with great hospitality when I visited the camp in Austria. I feel passionately a very great desire to join my new colleagues.”

Sharjah have completed their foreign business after attacking midfielder Maicosuel completed a one-season loan move. Maicosuel, 29, arrived in the UAE on Thursday to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms once a temporary deal was agreed with Atletico Mineiro.

“Sharjah officially signed with Maicosuel on loan for one season with the eligible option to purchase,” they tweeted.

He joins compatriots Wanderley, Renato Caja and Palestinian-passport holder Mauricio Ramos at the 12th-placed 2014/15 finishers.

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Al Jazira defender Abdulla Mousa happy to stay with Abel Braga back

Matt Jones 28/07/2015
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Al Jazira defender Abdulla Mousa (l) in action last season.

Al Jazira defender Abdulla Mousa has revealed he is happy to remain at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium and is looking forward to winning trophies again under the returning Abel Braga.

The 28-year-old defender appeared to cast his future at the club into doubt just weeks ago by signalling his intent to quit the capital city giants after he felt disrespected in a row with senior management.

Mousa tweeted at the beginning of July that he was feeling “uncomfortable” at Jazira and was considering ending his seven-year stay with the Pride of Abu Dhabi.

However, with Braga back at the helm for a second stint in charge, the full-back insists the 62-year-old will “fix everything”.

“I’m happy to be with Abel Braga. The players are feeling very good about Braga and I’m so happy to see him again in my club,” Mousa told Sport360.

“I played under Braga from 2008 until 2011 and I know his style of attacking. He knows how to read the game. He will fix everything.”

Mousa signed a new contract with Jazira just last year that ties him down until 2019, his discontent stemmed from a belief he was owed bonuses on which the club had reneged .

An exit would have undoubtedly weakened a vulnerable defence in which Mousa had been one of few plus points.

Jazira conceded 46 league goals last term – only relegated duo Ajman and Ittihad Kalba shipped more. However, Mousa now seems committed to the cause and he is confident Braga is the man to bring back the glory days to the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium.

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The Brazilian brought an Arabian Gulf League and President’s Cup double to the capital in 2011 and the Pride of Abu Dhabi have only won 2012’s President’s Cup in the ensuing period since he has been away.

Jazira were contenders for the AGL title last season under Belgian Eric Gerets but a wretched run-in, which included five defeats in their final 10 games, gift-wrapped the championship to Al Ain.

The Boss have dominated the UAE footballing landscape in the four years since Braga departed with three league titles in that time heading to the Garden City.

Mousa is one of a clutch of players still wearing the black and white shirt from Braga’s first stint in charge, and he claims the former Paris Saint-Germain defender’s return bolsters Jazira’s chances of success next season.

“I’m sure that Braga can bring success back to the club. I’m so happy and sure about all the players that have joined our team. This is their new house and we will all fight for the titles this season,” said Mousa. “I’m confident with Braga that he can win again this season, as we did in 2010 and 2011, as he knows all the teams in the UAE.

“For sure we can bounce back this season after the disappointment of last year and we are going to challenge all teams, not only Al Ain.”

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Ahli defender Essa Santo suffers serious knee injury

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Santo (l) will be out for some time.

Versatile Al Ahli defender Essa Santo’s 2015-16 Arabian Gulf League campaign could be over before it has even begun after he picked up a serious knee injury.

Santo, 28, joined the Red Knights last summer from Al Wahda. He went on to make 16 top-flight appearances, also helping his new club to reach the impending AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

But the UAE international’s role in the upcoming season looks set to be severely diminished, a problem during the ongoing pre-season training camp in Italy forcing him to undergo surgery today.

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“Essa Santo was subjected to a serious injury in training on Friday and preliminary tests showed he sustained cruciate ligament damage,” Ahli tweeted yesterday. “Santo is leaving for France on Monday for further tests and surgery ASAP.”

Ahli are fortunate to boast significant depth in the full-back positions Santo is usually deployed in, fellow Whites stars Abdelaziz Haikal and Abdulaziz Sanqour regulars for boss Cosmin Olaroiu. The blow could force the dethroned champions into the domestic market, or deploy South Korean defensive midfielder at centre-back to allow Walid Abbas to play at left-back.

A cruciate ligament injury requiring surgery should keep Santo out of action for at least six months, meaning he will be unavailable for the remaining rounds of Asia’s premier club competition as the Red Knights prepare to play Iran’s Naft Tehran on August 26 and September 16.

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