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As Al Ain's focus turns to Asian Champions League, Asamoah Gyan decides he can leave decision on his future to tomorrow

Though he is not sure he will be with Al Ain next season, Asamoah Gyan is sure that the team's next focus is the Asian Champions League, writes John McAuley.

Asamoah Gyan, right, says he and his Al Ain teammates will now focus on the Asian Champions League. Thoughts on him continuing at Al Ain can wait, for now.
Asamoah Gyan, right, says he and his Al Ain teammates will now focus on the Asian Champions League. Thoughts on him continuing at Al Ain can wait, for now.

Asamoah Gyan says he is not sure he will play with Al Ain next season, but agrees he and the club are now focused on the Asian Champions League, with an 11th league championship secured.

"We don't really know at the moment" where he will play next season, he said after scoring all three goals in a 3-0 victory over Dubai that clinched the Pro League title. "We have to finish this season, go for holidays and hopefully we will see next season, because we've got quality players capable of winning …

"Now we concentrate on our next game in the Champions League and we're going there to make sure we qualify from the group stage. A positive result can determine whether we stay in the Champions League, so our focus is on the next game against Al Hilal."

Al Ain and the Saudi club each are on six points in Group D, one point behind Esteghlal, with two matches to play.

Gyan's three goals took him to 28 in the league, one short of the total scored by Senegal's Albouri Lah for Al Wahda in the 1998/99 season. The 29 goals are believed to be a UAE record.

Alex Brosque, Al Ain's Australia international, said Gyan's scoring skill "speaks for itself".

He added: "The amount of goals he scores and the way he just pops up at the exact times you need a goal, it's been incredible. Fair play to him, he's been doing it for so long now. He did it last year and done it even better this year … I'm just glad he is in our team and no one else's."

Gyan, who has a three-year contract with Al Ain, scored 22 goals in his first season in the UAE, when he was on loan from the Premier League side Sunderland.

He has 50 in league play here.

I'm really proud of it," he said. "I'm someone who tries to score every game … As a striker people expect you to score, so I try to be at the right place at the right time to help my team to win. I think I've proved myself and I've proved to my fans what I'm capable of. I came here in a controversial move and since then I've been able to prove myself. I'm really, really happy with my performance here."

 

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