x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Mubarak back in favour

Nawaf Mubarak agrees a new three-year deal with Al Sharjah after resolving his differences with the club at a meeting on Sunday.

DUBAI // Nawaf Mubarak has agreed a new three-year deal with Al Sharjah after resolving his differences with the club at a meeting on Sunday. Mubarak's legal representatives had threatened to seek an annulment of his contract with the club over non-payment of dues and other alleged irregularities. The UAE international's lawyer Walid al Shamsi, however, later apologised to the club and met with Sharjah officials, including the chairman of the interim committee, Mohammed Khamis al Suwaidi, to thrash out all contentious issues.

The player was not at the meeting, but he will formally sign the new deal when the team reunites later this month for their pre-season programme. "Al Shamsi expressed his regret over the escalation of the issue," said al Suwaidi. "There was no reason for it as the administration had followed the right path in dealing with the matter since receiving the first letter from the player's agent. "We discussed all the claims made by the player and his agent, and we arrived at a solution after understanding the opinions of both the parties."

Al Shamsi was also pleased with the settlement and said: "Mubarak is a son of the club and whatever the differences, the son always returns to his father's embrace. "Through this constructive discussion, we have managed to resolve all the differences." Al Nasr have started negotiations with the Oman international Imad al Hosni after Al Wahda's failure to sign the 24-year-old striker. Negotiations between Wahda and al Hosni broke down on the financial terms of the contract.

Al Hosni reportedly met with Nasr officials on Thursday evening. arizvi@thenational.ae