Al Wasl sign up Hassan

DUBAI - Al Wasl have signed their fifth Emirati player this summer by snapping up Al Ahli’s Hassan Ali Ibrahim on a one-year contract, with an option to extend.

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Published: Wed 27 Jul 2011, 11:59 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:15 PM

A UAE international, the 29-year-old midfielder will strengthen the Yellow Panthers’ presence in the middle of the park, where they are already sufficiently enhanced by Chile’s Edson Puch.

It’s believed Ali will be a “great asset to the team and the club as a whole”, according to an official Al Wasl statement released on Monday, which spoke of the club’s “vigorous efforts” to “build a strong team” ahead of next season.

“We have had our eyes on Hassan Ali for quite some time as he is a very talented player and we are happy to have him finally join our team,” said the vice chairman of Al Wasl Football Company, Sweidan Al Naboodah.

“We have faith in all of our Emirati players along with the entire team, for their hand-picked talent that will come together in perfect harmony out there on the pitch under the inspiring management of Diego Maradona.”

Ali himself admitted leaving Ivan Hasek’s Red Knights was not an easy decision to make, but the lure of playing for a global legend of the game proved too strong in the end.

“While Al Ahli will always have a special place in my heart, I am ready and eager to take on the amazing opportunity to work under the management of one of the greatest footballers of our time with one of the biggest clubs in the UAE,” he explained.

“I would like to thank Al Wasl for this chance and my fans for all of the support they have shown me thus far.”

The Al Wasl first-team squad gathered on Sunday for the first time after the summer break to start their pre-season preparations, which included physical training in the gym, with the club’s fitness coach.

The players will undergo medical tests throughout the week before head coach Maradona returns to the emirate and lead’s the team’s training for the remainder of the summer camp.

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