Middle East Clubs Eye Junior Ajayi

Six clubs have expressed an interest in a January move for Nigeria international Junior Ajayi.

Teams in Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tunisia and UAE have all expressed interest in a January switch for the 36 Lion product.

The player is reportedly keen to prove himself elsewhere, after recently ending his association with Al Ahly.

After five years, Ajayi’s journey with Al Ahly ended.

The 25-year-old signed for the Red Devils in 2016 from Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien, after having won the Olympic bronze medal with Nigeria.

Ajayi hit the ground running in his first season with the Reds, scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists in 39 games across all competitions.

He kept his form for the majority of his stay in Cairo, making a total of 161 appearances and lifting 11 trophies along the way. These titles include four Egyptian Premier Leagues, two Egypt Cups, two Egyptian Super Cups, two CAF Champions Leagues and the CAF Super Cup.

However, after a series of injuries and the signings of Percy Tau and Luis Miquissone, Ajayi slowly fell down the pecking order under head coach Pitso Mosimane and even failed to make a single appearance for the Reds this season.

Before leaving Cairo, Ajayi sent a message to the Al Ahly management and fans, thanking them for their continuous support.

“It’s with profound gratitude to God almighty, that I announce the end of my contract with Al Ahly football club, to the management who has been nothing but family to me, my teammates who’s been my brothers and to my fans, you all have been my support system, thank you for holding it down with me through those years, you guys are the real MVPs, I love you all #nowtothenextphase,” he posted via Instagram.

Despite interests from Arab clubs, Junior Ajayi is keen to join a club in Europe.

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