Emenike joins Al Ain on loan

Emenike joins Al Ain on loan
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Published July 9th, 2015 - 12:55 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike has been roped in by Al Ain on loan from Turkish Club Fenerbahce.

The move comes immediately after Al Ain decided to part ways with their star Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan to Chinese side Shanghai SIPG reportedly for a whopping €20 million (Dh113 million).

Also sealing the deal with Al Ain was Brazilian Fellipe Bastos, a centre midfielder for Grêmio, on loan from Vasco da Gama.

While Bastos landed in the capital late on Tuesday night to complete the medical tests, Emenike was expected to be here yesterday. Emenike’s decision to play for Al Ain comes after he signed a year’s extension to his contract with Fenerbahce.

There was a lot of speculation as to where Emenike would move after a testing season with Fenerbache, who lost their league title to arch rivals Galatasaray. Emenike, who scored just four goals in the Super League in 27 appearances last season, was linked with several clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Moscow besides offers from Qatari clubs.

“Being a Fenerbahce player is something I will cherish for the rest of my career. Now, I have to move because I need a new challenge in my career and leaving now is the best decision taken,” said Emenike while confirming to a leading African website he was switching.

“I’m using this moment to express my gratitude to Fenerbahce and everybody who believes in me in one way or the other. Fenerbahce is a great club and I wish them all the best in the new season,” the 28-year-old said.

Emenike clearly has huge boots to fill in as Gyan has been the prolific scorer for Al Ain, with 95 goals in 83 league matches since joining Al Ain four years ago.

But he is upbeat about the task on hand. “I’m happy to make the move to Al Ain and I believe my legs will prove me right in the UAE. I’m looking forward to new challenges in the UAE, as well as to get more playing time under my belt and score many goals. For every striker, it is important to score goals and I am already looking forward to that challenge,” added Emenike.

“I’m ready to face a new challenge as well as to prove I can score goals anywhere I find myself. I have not lost anything in my scoring ways. Nothing has changed in me, my scoring ability is very much intact and with time, I will be able to light up UAE with goals,” said the Super Eagles striker.

Speaking to Al Ain’s official website about his move, Bastos said: “I had a lot of offers but Al Ain’s was the best. I’m on a high degree of readiness to enter a new challenge and promise to show the best along with my teammates in order to achieve the goals of the club.”

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