Captain Luis Jimenez will always look back on his time at Al Ahli with pride as he awaits talks regarding his future at the club.
Jimenez, 30, has enjoyed a glorious four-year spell at the Red Knights in which he has lifted six major trophies.
But the attacking midfielder’s contract is set to imminently expire, with no definite decision made yet from either party about whether it will be extended It is understood Dubai rivals Al Nasr are looking to take advantage of the situation, while Al Rayyan have made an offer as they prepare for their return to the Qatar Stars League.
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But for Jimenez when quizzed about these links, his attachment to the Red Knights shone through as he awaits developments.
“I’m very happy with the four years I spent at Al Ahli and all the trophies that we got together,” he said. “I am proud of my work in Al Ahli and I hope to finish in the best way possible.”
The Chile international is one of a number of options the Blue Wave are considering as they look to find a replacement for departed skipper Brett Holman, who has signed a one-year deal at Emirates Club.
Ahli are loathe to let their city neighbours bring in someone of such quality on a free transfer though, with the situation set to develop in the coming weeks as players and officials return for pre-season training. Jimenez’s Palestinian passport also makes him of extra value to Asian teams.
Meanwhile, Iraq centre-back Ahmad Ibrahim is set to land in the UAE today to sign a one-year deal at Al Dhafra.
Ibrahim, 23, was the standout player for relegated Ajman last term. His performances in a struggling team did not go unnoticed, a source close to the former Al Wasl loanee revealing “two or three” AGL clubs had registered interest in him once his contract at the Orange Brigade had expired.
The Western Knights have won the race for the free agent’s signature, filling a gap in their four-man foreign quota and backline left by Bilal Najjarin – who has joined newly-promoted Dibba Al Fujairah.