An Arab membership has for the primary time signed an Israeli footballer, Diaa Sabia, lower than two weeks after the UAE normalised ties with the Jewish state.
Sabia, a 28-year-old Israeli Arab attacking midfielder with China's Guangzhou R&F, signed a two-year contract with Dubai's Al-Nasr, the membership mentioned in a remark Sunday.
The switch reportedly value greater than 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million).
"Al-Nasr has finished the procedures with Diaa Saba … in a freelance that extends for 2 seasons after he effectively handed scientific examinations this morning," it mentioned in a remark.
Al-Nasr tweeted pictures of Sabia dressed in the quantity 9 jersey, dribbling and capturing within the emirate's Al-Maktoum Stadium.
Sabia's transfer comes after the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a member, signed a US-brokered accord to normalise ties with Israel on September 15, the primary such handle a Gulf country.
Sabia — who’s of Palestinian foundation — used to be born in northern Israel and rose in the course of the ranks of a adolescence membership earlier than transferring to Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2012.
He performed for a number of Israeli golf equipment till signing in 2014 with Maccabi Netanya, the place he stayed for 4 years.
Sabia has scored 50 targets in 111 video games in quite a lot of competitions, together with 24 within the 2018 season, and has 10 caps within the Israeli nationwide staff.
He used to be bought to Guangzhou R&F for greater than 4 million euros.