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2014 World Cup: Al Ain offer Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan bumper new two-year deal

Published on: 13 June 2014
Asamoah Gyan

UAE giants Al Ain are ready to hand striker Asamoah Gyan a bumper new deal to ward off interest from his suitors.

Gyan has two years left on his current contract and the dethroned Arabian Gulf League champions to lock him into a fresh deal until 2018.

The Ghana captain, who is at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, was a target of English Premier League and some Europeans clubs during the January transfer window.

Gyan has deferred talks about his future until after the tournament in Brazil this summer but Al Ain officials are confident their star striker will put pen to paper.

“He has two years left and we have made a new contract for him to stay maybe for another two years,” board member Mohammed Obaid Al Dhaheri told Sport360°.

“I think he is happy to stay in the team and every time he has [been asked if] he wants to finish [his career] here in Al Ain, he’s said he is happy to stay. I think Gyan will stay next year, sure.”

Al Dhaheri added: “He has two years left on his contract and we have offered two years more.

"To stay six years I think for him is a good time for a professional player to stay.”

Gyan has been an unparalleled success in the UAE following his initial loan move from Premier League side Sunderland in 2011.

The Ghanaian has gone on to score 104 goals in all competitions, and Al Dhaheri is confident there will be plenty more to come.

“He likes it here and he is happy here in Al Ain. I think any player who comes would be happy,” he said.

If Gyan does remain at Al Ain next season he will be joined by a host of new recruits.

Lee Myung-joo and Rashed Essa were both unveiled in the Garden City.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • alhaji quarshie dovlo assante says:
    June 14, 2014 06:16 am
    Thumbs up @benny... nice1
  • benny says:
    June 13, 2014 10:38 am
    Sometimes l don't know what to say to those who run their mouth about Gyan going to Europe to face tough challenge. What challenge? Which team in Europe will pay Gyan close to £200,000? Not only that in UK and France,he will be taxed 50% on his earnings plus national insurance whilst he pays close to nothing in the emirates. The weather is terrible in Europe expecially here in the UK with no winter break. Not mentioning the nosey snd intrusive armchair pundits who criticises anything yet are not able to manage any team. Gyan can still play for Al Ain till he is 40 because he is only playing with play ground defence whilst in Europe he will be facing hard core defence abd teams will release him maximum 33 years. Finally when he retires hard challenge will not pay his bills but money. People should leave Gyan alone with their ignorant comments.
  • [email protected] to play 7 matches in Brazil 2014 says:
    June 13, 2014 11:19 am
    BACK TO EUROPE FOR WHAT? Simply stay put with Al Ain, Gyan. You don't need to face any challenge anywhere. You've made a name in FIFA's history books of soccer, that's enough. The rest is about money and you're making it. Don't follow any stupid advice to change your mind. Those people saying go to Europe are the same that will rain insults on you when you're broke. They are only thinking about their selfish interest, not yours. They want you to be in a very top shape so you can be there for Ghana but remember the Rev. Osei Kofi and co. They're broke just like the church mouse and nobody cares not even after all their dedication and love for mother Ghana. Do you first and give the crumbs to others. Stay blessed.
  • nyansa po says:
    June 13, 2014 08:36 am
    go boss save all the money whiles you are still playing.....who cares abt so call premiership...u are the wisest player to hve ever lived!
  • Ratty boy says:
    June 13, 2014 09:54 am
    How can a team do better with UAE stricker pls go to premiership!
  • sammie says:
    June 13, 2014 10:08 am
    Gyan pls hse no good stay n make more momi
  • King Bobo says:
    June 13, 2014 09:12 am
    Is time for Gyan to come back to europe and face tough challenges.
  • Sam Praise says:
    June 13, 2014 10:15 am
    Gyan has nothing to prove, what is tough challenge?he's proved it all. Anything aside the big clubs like Madrid, Chelsea, Man u, Liverpool, Barcelona or Arsenal, he should stay where he is. I pray he shines brightly at the world cup so the big clubs with big money will come for him. Gyan, you're a great Ghana asset and African pride, this is just the beginning, they have not seen anything yet!!! May the gracious God be with you!