Photos: Newly-signed Muntari promises Ittihad trophies

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first_img“I’m not promising but that is what I’m coming for.  I want to come there not for holidays. I’m coming there to work really hard for Ittihad to be able to win trophies so we want everyone to come to fill the stadium always this year so win and make them happy.” Sulley Muntari is looking forward to a new adventure in Arabian football and says he wants to win titles with his new club Ittihad Jeddah.The club outdoored the midfielder at a presser on Tuesday. The Ghanaian enforcer signed a two-year-contract worth 2.5 million euros a season and is set to begin pre-season at the club.In his first ”‹official interview for the club’s website, the 30-year-old promised he was joining Ittihad Jeddah to help them win trophies.”Ittihad is a new chapter, is not a fight but a new challenge for me. It’s really a dream come true. I’m very happy and very excited to play with the team.”I really feel ready. I’m still young but I’m taking steps and I’m looking forward to playing in the Saudi Professional League.”  Interaction In the middle of his medical at the facilities of Bupa Arabia, Ittihad’s official healthcare partners, the Ghanaian international paused to have a word to the club’s fans: “Hi, I’m here having my medical and I can’t wait to be here in Jeddah to see all the fans. Insha Allah, we will win everything this year,” Muntari said in the video released by Bupa Arabia. On Monday, the 28-year-old together with his advisors, Edoardo Crnjar and Federico Pastorello, opened negotiations with the President of Al-Ittihad. The ball remains now remains in Boateng’s court to accept the club’s lucrative offer. Boateng’s arrival could signal the exit of Poland’s Lukasz Szukala and Romanian midfielder Lucian Sanmartean from the club. In news relating to compatriot Kevin-Prince Boateng, the frozen Schalke attacker has held ‘encouraging’ talks with Ittihad after initial struggles to reach him from his holidays base. Ittihad who placed fourth last season will open their 2015/16 Saudi Pro League away to Najran SC at the King Abdul Aziz Stadium on August 20. Najran have former Hearts of Oak playmaker Winful Cobbinah in their roster.– ––– Follow Enoch on @sergiomanucho1. Get more from Joy Sports with our #JoySports on Facebook and Twitter. Muntari later spoke at length over his move to the Saudi Pro League after his official unveiling. “[I know] a lot about the Ittihad team. They’ve won a lot of trophies – the Asian Cup twice and they’ve been at the Club World Cup too and also with their fans, they are amazing. They always fill the stadium and they are very passionate so I can’t wait to meet them too.” Ittihad had gone in for Inter’s Fredy Guarin but turned attention to Boateng after learning of the Colombian’s unavailability. Cometh the Prince “Guarin is a big player. Even Prince is a big player. I talked at length with Boateng, the president [also] talked a lot with him. The team would be great IIf he decides to take the deal. I leave everything in his hands,” says Muntari. The former Milan man has been handed his iconic number 4 shirt and is expected to officially begin training with Ittihad by August 4.last_img

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