DUBAI STAR ON LA LIGA RADAR

El Ya­mani is one of six UAE tal­ents to en­rol in new high per­for­mance cen­tre

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U AE-based teenager Ah­mad El Ya­mani is one step closer to a ca­reer as a professional foot­baller after a suc­cess­ful trial with Span­ish La Liga club Malaga CF.

As El Ya­mani, 16, is still too young to sign a deal with Malaga, he will now be en­rolled at the du La Liga High Per­for­mance Cen­ter (HPC) in Dubai.

Malaga CF will fol­low his progress closely over the next two years, at which time he will be old enough to move to Spain. Over these two years he will con­tinue his train­ing at the du La Liga HPC and will also train with Malaga CF dur­ing school hol­i­days and sum­mer months.

El Ya­mani was one of six duFC play­ers iden­ti­fied by scouts from var­i­ous La Liga clubs for dis­play­ing great po­ten­tial for a pro-ca­reer dur­ing their at­ten­dance at the 17-day duFC Sum­mer Camp of train­ing and games against La Liga’s best youth sides in July.

In ad­di­tion to El Ya­mani, Nawwaf Hu­sein, Ramy Hatem, Luka Eric, Yahia Iraqi and Ah­mad Salam im­pressed coaches with their tech­ni­cal skills and abil­i­ties. The du La Liga HPC will be led by a num­ber of UEFA pro-cer­ti­fied La Liga coaches, who were brought to the UAE specif­i­cally to run the ad­vanced train­ing at the cen­tre. The HPC will have a re­volv­ing squad made up of un­der-18 play­ers scouted na­tion­wide through the du Foot­ball Cham­pi­ons plat­form. The pro­gramme will be led by head coach Rafael Gil, with En­rique Gon­za­lez work­ing as as­sis­tant head coach and Juan Ruiz as the per­for­mance coach. Fer­nando Sanz, La Liga ex­ec­u­tive director for MENA, said: “We were im­pressed with the level of play the young play­ers from the UAE demon­strated at the La Liga Sum­mer Train­ing Camp in Spain, ex­celling against some of the best youth play­ers in the world. “Through the du La Liga HPC, I am con­fi­dent that there will be play­ers within the team who will make it to pro-foot­ball in the very near fu­ture.”

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