Abu Dhabi: UAE and Bani Yas midfielder Amer Abdul Rahman will leave for England either on Sunday or Monday to have a two-week trial with Blackburn Rovers in a bid to join the English Championship side on a year-long loan.
It’s the third such European stint for a UAE player following Hamdan Al Kamali’s six-month loan with France’s Lyon and Omar Abdul Rahman’s two-week trial with Manchester City, last year.
However, neither of them made a first-team appearance.
Abdul Rahman first found fame with the UAE youth team in 2008 in helping them to win the Asian Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia.
He then went on to be one of the key players in the country’s under-23 team, which reached the football finals at the Olympic Games for the first time at London 2012 last year.
He then helped his country win the Gulf Cup in Bahrain in January 2013 after a 2-1 win over Iraq and then helped his club win the GCC Champions League title in June 2013.
“I am overjoyed,” Abdul Rahman said of the opportunity. “It could be the realisation of one of my biggest dreams. I can not talk much now but let us wait and see what happens.”
Meanwhile, Bani Yas have almost finished negotiations with Chilean striker Carlos Munoz, who plays for Colo Colo club, with a view to signing him for $5 million (Dh18.8 million).
The 24-year-old Munoz started his career with Santiago Wanderers youth team in 1995 and progressed to the senior team in 2006.
He played 98 matches and scored 35 goals before moving to Colo Colo in 2011, for whom he played 72 matches and netted 34 goals. Munoz has played eight matches for his country since 2011 and scored two goals.