Omar Abdulrahman played 72 minutes of the UAE’s 2-1 defeat to Thailand. Pic: UAE FA

Al Jazira’s new director of football, Mads Davidsen, has declared his resolve not to sell “one of the best players in Asia” in Omar Abdulrahman and a superstar he’s long coveted from afar.

Abdulrahman, 28, was snapped up by the Pride of Abu Dhabi during August 2019 after an injury ravaged spell at boyhood heroes Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia. The 2016 AFC Player of the Year, however, would record only three goals and two assists in 19 Arabian Gulf League run-outs before March’s cessation because of coronavirus, leading to rumours a summer exit may be sought.

This talk was emphatically shot down by the club’s besotted Danish administrator, who emphasises this dogged stance with tales of a failed pursuit when he was at big-spending Shanghai SIPG and Amoory was at Al Ain.

“I can be very clear,” he replied on a Zoom call with reporters. “Omar Abdulrahman is a very important player for us.

“He’s for me one of the best players in Asia.

“A little side story is that I actually tried to bring him to Shanghai SIPG back in the day [2014-18, in various roles], but we didn’t succeed unfortunately.

“But Omar has a contract here and we consider him as a very important part of our future, so that’s it.”

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