UAE star Mabkhout claims Spanish interest

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striker has drawn the attention of two top-flight Spanish clubs, The National reported on Monday.

The 2015 Asian Cup Golden Boot winner wrapped up the Arabian Gulf League on Sunday with 16 goals, a professional-era record for an Emirati player.

“I hope [this was my last Arabian Gulf League game],” Mabkhout told The National. “We’re going to talk to the club and see what happens. I don’t know what will happen in the future.

“Two Premier League clubs have [approached me] before, and two weeks ago two teams from La Liga, but until now there is nothing [concrete].”

The 24-year-old made his debut for in 2008 and has 25 goals in 37 caps for the national team. He would be the first Emirati player to sign a contract with a major European club if a is successful.

“I’m ready for my next step, to decide to go to Europe and a big league away from the UAE and the Asian Champions League.,” Mabkhout said. “I like the Premier League and also La Liga. I think the Spanish league would be good for me.”

Mabkhout will continue to play for Al Jazira this month as they contest the President’s Cup.

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