x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Four clubs in the hunt for Al Jazira's Ibrahim Diaky

Emirati midfielder keen to move on from the Abu Dhabi club after falling down the pecking order.

Ibrahim Diaky is on his way out. Karim Sahib / AFP
Ibrahim Diaky is on his way out. Karim Sahib / AFP

ABU DHABI // Ibrahim Diaky's exit from Al Jazira seems imminent after a club official yesterday confirmed the receipt of offers from Al Ain, Al Ahli, and unnamed clubs in Qatar and France.

"The negotiations are on, but we cannot say when and with whom an agreement will be reached," the official said.

"Initially, we wanted him to honour his contract that runs up to the end of the 2014 season. However, since the player has made it known that he doesn't have the desire to play for the club anymore, we are prepared to release him provided those who want him meet our demands."

The Emirati midfielder, who was born in Ivory Coast, was frustrated after he was left out of Jazira's starting line-up for their last 11 games in all competitions. Diaky, 31, did not even make the bench for the final two matches.

"He is a very important player for us and once he regains the level we want him to, he will be in the line-up," coach Luis Milla said when he was asked why Diaky was not on the squad list in the last two games.

"Nobody has any issues with him. He has been training with us regularly. It is just that he needs to raise his own level and he will be playing again perhaps from next season."

Diaky, who was granted UAE citizenship in 2006, has spent nine years at Jazira, winning the Pro League and the President's Cup in 2011 for the first time in the history of the club.

They retained the cup and finished fourth in the league in 2012, but failed to win a trophy last season. They again finished fourth in the league, reaching the last four in the President's Cup and losing the Etsialat Cup final to Ajman 2-1.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Saleh Bargash has completed a move from Jazira to Baniyas on a three-year deal.

The 22-year-old left-back is the younger brother of the Jazira and UAE national team midfielder Sultan Bargash.