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Omar Abdulrahman to leave Al Hilal SFC

Sunday, July 21, 2019
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Riyadh: Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal SFC have opted not to renew the contract of influential midfielder Omar Abdulrahman.

The United Arab Emirates international joined Al Hilal in a blaze of publicity from Al Ain last August, but was subsequently sidelined for most of the season after he damaged an anterior cruciate ligament just two months after signing for the two-time AFC Champions League runners-up.

Despite subsequently recovering from the injury, Abdulrahman is now set to leave Al Hilal after failing to agree a new contract.

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“The club’s management started talks with the player before our training camp in Europe, as he had asked to renew his contract before that camp even though there was still one month remaining on his contract,” Al Hilal said in a statement.

"Because of his previous injury, we wanted to renew the player’s contract after he had passed a medical test. The player passed the medical examination and then demanded an increase in the financial part of the contract."

📄 إدارة #الهلال تصدر بياناً بشأن المفاوضات مع "عمر عبدالرحمن"

— نادي الهلال السعودي (@Alhilal_FC) July 19, 2019

“We adjusted our offer, and gave him 24 hours to reply, to make sure that we get this matter resolved quickly. We have extended the deadline several times, but we have still to receive a reply.

“We have therefore decided to end the negotiations and we thank Omar Abdulrahman for the time he spent with the club, and wish him all the best for the future.”

📸| Photos of the training session.. #AlHilal in Austria ⚽️💙

— AlHilal Saudi Club (@Alhilal_EN) July 20, 2019

Under recently installed head coach Razvan Lucescu, Al Hilal are scheduled to meet domestic rivals Al Ahli Saudi FC in the first leg of their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 showdown on August 6, before hosting the return fixture a week later.

Photo: AFP

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