Al Jazira’s Farfan eyes English Premier League

Published August 14th, 2015 - 06:46 GMT

Al Jazira’s star summer signing Jefferson Farfan harbours English Premier League ambitions, despite vowing to bring silverware galore to his ‘excellent’ new club.

Speaking at his media unveiling on Thursday, the Peruvian winger cited the example of Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini, who joined West Ham United on a season-long loan earlier this summer.

Farfan hopes he can use the AGL as a springboard to success like Lanzini, who joined the Pride of Abu Dhabi only last year.

Yet the ambitious 30-year-old, who inked a three-year contract at Al Jazira after moving from German Bundesliga side Schalke last month, first wants to secure ‘many titles’ in the UAE.

Farfan, who cost last year’s Arabian Gulf League runners-up €6 million (Dh24.2 million), told media at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium: “Al Jazira have an excellent investment in sports and it’s somewhere where I can build my career for three or four years. Also many international players come and go from here, such as [striker] Mirko Vucinic and Lanzini, who’s gone now to West Ham.

“It’s also a transaction which can help someone go to a better league, so I think this is a very excellent move for me.”

Farfan, who has scored 17 times for Peru in 63 internationals since 2003, added: “My ambition is to be number one with Al Jazira; we want to win all titles. It’s an honour to be with Al Jazira and I am very happy to sign for them.

“It’s a new challenge.”

Is he daunted by the prospect of striving to emulate the brilliance of Vucinic, last season’s AGL top-scorer, and the prodigious UAE striker Ali Mabkhout? “No, I am not concerned or worried,” Farfan, who spent four years at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven before his move to Germany in 2008, replied. “At the end of the day, we want to score and we want to win.”

Farfan went on to say that the shimmering talent in Al Jazira’s ranks had exceeded his expectations.

The Peruvian, who scored his first goal for his new club in their 5-1 friendly win over Al Ahli Doha in Austria on Tuesday, said: “I was surprised about Mabkhout’s talent, especially in the first game I played with him. I was also surprised by other players like [midfielder] Khamis Esmail, and [defenders] Khalid Sabel and Abdulla Mousa.”

Farfan joins Brazil attacking midfielder Thiago Neves and South Korea defensive midfielder Park Jongwoo in a new look foreign quartet at the capital club, with only Vucinic being retained.

His arrival led to the departure of Burkinabe winger Jonathan Pitroipa to AGL rivals Al Nasr earlier this week.

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