Al Wahda complete Valdivia’s signing
Al Wahda have completed one of the high-profile signings of the season by getting on board Chilean star playmaker Jorge Valdivia. He comes into the UAE setup in the backdrop of Chile’s triumph at the Copa America where his team prevailed on penalties over Argentina in the final to claim their first major title in 99 years.
The club, putting all speculations to rest, announced that the deal is through on their official website, saying: “Al Wahda confirms that Chilean star Jorge Valdivia has signed a contract for the length of two years.
It is learnt that the 31-year-old has got a purse worth â¬2.5 million (Dh10.12m) a year. Now that the deal is through, Al Wahda’s newly-appointed coach Javier Aguirre will be keen on getting Valdivia immediately into his scheme of things. However, there are still contractual obligations as Valdivia’s deal with his current club Palmeiras only expires by mid-August. “Al Wahda are seeking to bring the player in before this date to join the team’s preparations for the new season,” said the Club statement.
Valdivia is not new to this part of the world as he had a two year stint with Al Ain between 2008 and 2010. He won his first title with Al Ain, the Etisalat Emirates Cup club beating Al Wahda 1-0 in 2009.
The President’s Cup win for Al Ain the same year beating Al Shabab was Valdivia’s second and the third title was the Super Cup. He also earned the status as the top idol of the club and gained tremendous popularity amongst the Al Ain fans here.
Another major signing for Al Wahda was Brazilian midfielder Denilson and as per the club, he will be arrive in the capital on Saturday. Denilson has been reportedly bought from Sao Paulo for â¬3m on a three year contract and he will get â¬1.8m for three years.
Denilson started his career in Sao Paulo as a youngster and then spent five seasons from 2006 at English Premier League club Arsenal before returning to Sao Paulo in 2011. He also captained Brazil at both Under-15 and U17 levels and led the team to a runners-up spot in 2005 Fifa U17 World Championship.