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Michel Bastos joins Asamoah Gyan as big name Al Ain signings

Published on: 04 August 2013
Michel Bastos arrives in Abu Dhabi to seal move to Al Ain

Al Ain have sprung yet another transfer surprise by signing Brazil midfielder Michel Bastos two years after grabbing the headlines for their shocking move for Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan.

The UAE champions sealed a deal with Olympique Lyon on Friday to sign the ex Lille man for an undisclosed fee.

Bastos arrived to a rousing welcome in Abu Dhabi in the early hours of Saturday where several of the club fans who are observing fast gathered to welcome their new icon.

The player will sign subsequently sign a deal after which the full details over the monies involved and the duration of his contract will be made public.

Bastos arrival is expected to help the Boss in their pursuit of continental glory after domiating their domestic league competition for the past two seasons.

He will be linking up with Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan and the rest of the Al Ain teammates before their Super Cup clash against rivals Al Ahli at the end of August.


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  • Peace says:
    August 05, 2013 06:23 am
    hahhahaaha good one very true
  • texas says:
    August 05, 2013 03:16 am
    kuukuphilly I agree with you that we are over dependant on Gyan, so giving new and up and strikers chance and more importantly unearthing more strikers for Ghana can not be over emphasized. However to suggest that Bastos will not be called into the Brazil team because of where he plays so Gyan does does merit Black star call up is absurd! Practically we cannot compare these situations.
  • GH Panther says:
    August 05, 2013 04:10 pm
    true wat u've said, D_Light. It only goes to show u how much gyan lacks ambition esp for someone still quite young. Its sad dat ghana's top striker is satisfied playing in this league when he has more potential for big achievement. And he is rich. Its not as if he still needs the money.
  • texas says:
    August 05, 2013 01:12 am
    well Brazil at this moment has many better players all playing for high profile teams so they can do without Michel Bastos.....can you tell us if Ghana at this very moment has many better players who are all playing for high profile team and who can replace Asamoah Gyan? if there is please lead the campaign against the call of Gyan to the Black Stars, and I can bet on your life that Gyan will stop playing for the BS and he will be very happy and have peace of mind for not doing so.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    August 05, 2013 01:28 am
    @Texas,the problem is we re over dependant on gyan that's y it seems to u like there's no one to replace him.but believe me we have much better finishers than gyan when given the chance will justify their inclusion..
  • GH Panther says:
    August 05, 2013 12:24 am
    hahaha, true GHFUO.
    August 04, 2013 11:13 pm
  • D LIGHT says:
    August 05, 2013 09:37 am
    Bastos was out of favour for the Selacao since the days of Dunga. Concedingly, he knew he has no chance against the likes of Marcelo, Felipe Luis, Siquera, Maxwell n all the upcoming LB's like Fabio & maicon of Porto. He dipped in form after the 2010 wc- hardly starts for Lyon and even when on loan at shalke last season, he was still on the periphery. So it's right for him to throw-inn the towel to join the 'deads-league' where wealth n comfort can't elude him. In the Etiselat, there's no fear of losing ya position to any player. Managers are not all that strict against players night life's or weight gains so its freedom & Bingo for the twilighters. That said, i doubt if he'll b able to stay there in the long term. In order to survive in dat league, u must kill ur passion for the game. Despite all the money some players hav cut short their stay due to Nostalgia for competitive football. Last year Luca Toni & David Trezeguet cancelled their cantracts just after 3 months to move to Fiorentina & Boca Junior respectively. In an interview with La Gazzeta-Dello sport they said "Football in the UAE league is like playing in their Backyard... They felt more passion playing a PS GAME than playing soccer And though they were making all the cash, they hav to cancel their contracts because they were Missing the crescendo in the stands." Ignasio Scocco who was also bought the day Gyan signed for Al-AIN had to force a loan out to Newells OB dis January. With Gerardo Martino (Barca New coach) he won the Apetura league n the Goal king. This propelled him to earn the only Two-caps for the Albiceleste of Argentina. 2day he is being called ahead of Carlos Tevez- a feat he wldn't hav achieved if he was still with Al- Ain. This gave him hope of making it to the MUNDIAL next year at Brazil. Today Martino is pondering bringing him and Virgini to Barca. But his case is particularly dificult b'cos Internatiönale of Brazil signed him a week b4 the confirmation of GERARDO as Barca's new Manager. So sad isn't it?