The Belgian told Racing Genk of his intention to move to Abu Dhabi when he returned to his homeland on Tuesday night, after spending 48 hours meeting Jazira officials in the capital.
Racing Genk still hold out some faint hope that they could convince the man who led them to their first title in nine years to stay, although last night it seemed his two-year deal with the professional league champions was a formality.
But Dirk Dergraen, the Belgian club's chairman who has worked closely with Vercauteren for the past two seasons, has personally asked him to stay on and help the team beat Maccabi Haifa, who they face over two legs in the final Champions League qualifier on August 17 and 23.
Vercauterern remained tight-lipped when speaking to the media in Belgium after he oversaw a training session.
"The first thing I must do is deal with Genk," he said. "I do not see why I should take training with the players."