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Pro League: Al Ain move into pole position in Ibrahim Diaky transfer chase

Pro League champions Al Ain now seem to be the likely landing spot for Ibrahim Diaky, althouth Al Ahli is still in play. Or he could remain with Al Jazira.

Ibrahim Diaky, centre, says talk is ongoing on where he may move to, though Al Ain have moved ahead of Al Ahli in the race for his services. Or he could remain with his current team, Al Jazira.
Ibrahim Diaky, centre, says talk is ongoing on where he may move to, though Al Ain have moved ahead of Al Ahli in the race for his services. Or he could remain with his current team, Al Jazira.

ABU DHABI // Ibrahim Diaky's probable departure from Al Jazira has taken another twist.

Al Ain, the Pro League champions, now seems a more likely destination despite the midfielder having stated his desire to join Al Ahli, the President's Cup winners.

"After the latest round of talks, my chances of playing for Al Ain appear to be more realistic than a move to Ahli," the Al Jazira midfielder told Arabic daily Al Ittihad.

"Still, I can only know of my exact position once all the discussions and negotiations are completed, hopefully by end of this week."

The midfielder has also not ruled out the possibility of remaining in Abu Dhabi at Jazira.

"I have had talks with officials at Al Ain and I really appreciate the faith they have on me. There is also a possibility I would remain at Jazira after all.

"I am trying to consider all the latest options and make some compromises on my earlier statements of joining Ahli. Hopefully we can come to an agreement where all parties will be happy."

Diaky, a Jazira player for the last nine years, has a contract at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium until July 2014.

However, he was unhappy at being left out from the line-up in the last 11 games of last season under new coach Luis Milla and has made it clear he wishes to leave the club.

Diaky said his preference was to join Ahli despite receiving offers from Al Ain and two unnamed clubs - one from Qatar and one from France.

"Although Al Ain has offered me an attractive offer, my heart is set on playing for Ahli," he said at that time.

Diaky, 31, born in Ivory Coast, was granted UAE citizenship in 2006.

 

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