Soccer News of Thursday, 12 June 2014
Al Ain are ready to offer World Cup-bound Asamoah Gyan a bumper new deal.
The 28-year-old, who was chased by several English Premier League clubs including West Ham United and Stoke City in January, is under contract in the Garden City for another two years.
Yet the club knows some good performances in Brazil this summer would see his stock rise again, so they are keen to lock him into a fresh deal until 2018.
“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.”
“He has two years left on his contract and we have offered two years more," Al Dhaheri added.
“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.