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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 13 November 2018

Omar Abdulrahman in Riyadh, set to complete loan move to Al Hilal from Al Ain

UAE midfielder, who signed new deal with Arabian Gulf League champions, close to being loaned out to Saudi Arabia side

Omar Abdulrahman, centre, has joined Al Hilal on loan from Al Ain. AFP
Omar Abdulrahman, centre, has joined Al Hilal on loan from Al Ain. AFP

UAE midfielder Omar Abdulrahman has arrived in Riyadh as he is set to complete his loan move from Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ain to Al Hilal.

Abdulrahman, 26, was met by hundreds of enthusiastic supporters of the Saudi Professional League side at the airport when he landed in the early hours of Wednesday.

The heavily rumoured deal had been completed on Monday night between the club two sides.

Abdulrahman, who won four league titles with Al Ain after making his debut for them in 2009, had been out of contract with the Garden City club.

But he signed a new three-year deal, with a reported caveat of the deal being that he be allowed to be loaned to Hilal for the coming season.

The proposed deal for Abdulrahman, the AFC Asian Player of the Year in 2016, to move to the Saudi club for the season is worth a reported €14 million (Dh59.7m).

Hilal have had a busy summer with former Sporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus appointed, while Peru forward Andre Carrillo and Spanish defender Alberto Botia have already been recruited.

They are the defending champions in the Saudi Professional League, but are already out of the Asian Champions League this year after being eliminated in the group stages earlier in the year.

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The news comes as Abdulrahman and the UAE prepare for the Asian Cup in January on home soil.

The UAE are looking to match their run to the semi-finals four years ago and Abdulrahman, who has been capped 57 times by the national side, will be an integral part of the squad when the action begins on January 5.

They are in Group A at the tournament, along with Bahrain, India and Thailand.