Awat snaps up As­sulin

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

FOOT­BALL For­mer Manch­ester City and Barcelona mid­fielder Guy As­sulin has joined Real Mal­lorca on a 12-month deal.

The 23 year-old As­sulin be­came the youngest player ever to rep­re­sent Is­rael when he was only 16.

But then he was plagued by in­jury and loss of con­fi­dence and has since failed to live up to his po­ten­tial.

Af­ter a spell at Brighton, As­sulin has spent the past few sea­sons play­ing for Her­cules and Real San­tander in Spain’s sec­ond tier league.

Mal­lorca, which is also in Spain’s sec­ond di­vi­sion, is now man­aged by for­mer Is­rael goal­keeper Dudu Awat, who heads a con­sor­tium about to buy the club.

As­sulin said: “When Dudu phoned and told me he is gen­eral man­ager of Mal­lorca and wanted me, I didn’t hes­i­tate.”

Mean­while, Awat has ap­pointed Spar­tak Moscow man­ager Va­leri Karpin as Mal­lorca’s head coach.

Colom­bia coach Jose Pek­er­man, 64, has signed a new four-year deal.

PHOTO: REUTERS

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