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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Al Jazira line up former Dutch international Michael Reiziger to replace Marcel Keizer

Reiziger, a former Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona defender who won 72 caps for his country, is said to be mulling Jazira's proposal, according to De Telegraaf

Michael Reiziger, right, is currently the manager of Jong Ajax in his native Netherlands. EPA
Michael Reiziger, right, is currently the manager of Jong Ajax in his native Netherlands. EPA

Former Netherlands international Michael Reiziger is being lined up to replace former manager Marcel Keizer at Al Jazira, according to reports.

De Telegraaf reported Monday that contact has already been made with Ajax, the Dutch club where Reiziger is in charge of the club's reserves, about the Dutchman replacing his compatriot, who left the club last week to take over at Sporting club in Lisbon.

Reiziger, 45, a former Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona defender who won 72 caps for his country, is said to be mulling Jazira's proposal, according to De Telegraaf.

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If Reiziger was to join the Abu Dhabi club, it would be the third time in a row that Jazira have turned to a Dutch coach following Henk ten Cate and Keizer's appointments.

Under Ten Cate, Jazira won the Arabian Gulf League title in 2017 to qualify for the Fifa Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi where they were eliminated by European champions Real Madrid.

Ten Cate stepped down in May to be replaced by Keizer, whose brief tenure at Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium lasted only five months before the 49 year old agreed to take over at 18-time Portuguese champions Sporting last week.

Reiziger, who won league titles in his native Holland and Spain, helped Ajax lift the 1995 Uefa Champions trophy during a 17-year playing career. He has been in charge of Jong Ajax since 2017.

Jazira are currently second in the Arabian Gulf League, two points behind leaders Sharjah.