Balazs Dzsudzsak thankful to Al Ain for 'great confidence' after shock Ittihad Kalba exit

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Balazs Dzsudzsak (Al Ain).

Hungary captain Balazs Dzsudzsak has thanked Al Ain for the “great confidence” they have exhibited after he was snapped up in the wake of his shock release by Arabian Gulf League strugglers Ittihad Kalba.

Dzsudzsak, 33, inked a deal as a free agent until the end of 2019/20 at the weekend to round out the title-chasing Boss’ four-player foreign quota. This followed last Monday’s surprise deadline-day cull from 11th-placed Kalba of a celebrated ex-Al Wahda and PSV Eindhoven winger, who leads the way for chances created this term in the UAE top flight with 52 from 14 appearances.

“I would like to thank coach Pedro Emmanuel and the Al Ain management for the great confidence they have placed in me in belonging to Al Ain and defending the slogan of one of the largest clubs in Asia,” said the 108-times-capped wide man who trained with his new club-mates on Sunday for the first time at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium.

“I know very well what is required of me in the next stage, and I hope that I will meet the best of everyone’s expectations.”

Dzsudzsak was, however, signed too late to compete in the group stage or round of 16 in the 2020 AFC Champions League. His new employers’ commitments in that competition begin against Iran’s Sepahan on Tuesday at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

The Hungarian’s arrival extends his four-year stint in the Emirates.

The 2016/17 President’s Cup, 2017/18 Arabian Gulf Cup and 2018 Arabian Gulf Super Cup were lifted in two years at Wahda. He then helped yo-yo club Kalba in 2018/19 end a cycle of instant promotion and relegation that stretched back to 2009/10.

The ex-Debrecen, Anzhi Makhachkala, Dynamo Moscow and Bursaspor attacker has, to date, netted 22 times in 79 top-flight run-outs in the UAE.

He may debut on Friday in the re-arranged AGL clash at former club, Kalba.

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