Former Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan has revealed reaching out to the Garden City club for a return but was turned down.
Gyan, who became a cult figure among Al Ain fans during his matchless four-year stint, is back in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but with rivals Al Ahli who beat them by 9 points to win the UAE Pro League last season.
The 30-year-old’s season-long loan move, among Al Ani fans, is considered a major shock but the Ghana skipper has revealed making contacts with the club few months ago.
According to Gyan, he understands the bitterness of the Al Ain fans but cannot be faulted for joining their biggest title rivals.
“I spoke to them a couple of months ago [but] they told me they’ve had their recruitment [and] everything was okay so I had no chance there”
“So moving there [Al Ahli], I’ll say it wasn’t my fault. It’s part of the job.
“I’m very happy where I am [Al Ahli] today.
Gyan will wear the number 90 shirt and has revealed he chose the number because he sealed his loan move from Shanghai SIPG at the death of the transfer deadline day.
The new UAE Pro League begins September 17 but Gyan is unlikely to be available for the side as he is currently nursing an injury which could keep him out till November.