Belgium international center-back Jason Denayer moves to UAE Pro League side Shabab Al-Ahli as a free agent following Olympique Lyonnais contract expiry..

2022-09-30 15:12

Belgium international center-back Jason Denayer moves to UAE Pro League side Shabab Al-Ahli as a free agent following Olympique Lyonnais contract expiry..



UAE Pro League side Shabab Al-Ahli announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday that Lyon's Belgium international center-back Jason Denayer has joined the club on a free transfer.


According to local UAE media reports, Denayer has signed a one-year short-term deal with Shabab Al-Ahli which will expire next summer.


In addition, according to renowned Italian transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed that Denayer had initially received offers from Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United. However, because he had an unpleasant working experience with the head coach David Moyes while at Sunderland together before, and the Wolves could not guarantee him position as main starter, thus Denayer eventually chose to refuse the two sides and waited until now to choose and go to the UAE Pro League resolutely, hoping to consolidate his hopes of playing in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.



Good performances in early years but never given a proper chance to prove himself



The 27 year-old Denayer was born on June 28, 1995 in Jette, Belgium. He is 1.84 meters tall, has dual nationality of Belgium and Democratic Republic of Congo. Denayer's younger cousin Nestor Muala-Mukenge is also currently a center forward of a Belgian non-league club.


Denayer had played for the RSC Anderlecht youth academy during his childhood. In the summer of 2013, he refused to accept Liverpool's offer and instead chose to join the Manchester City youth academy. He was promoted to the first team in the next summer.


In the summer of 2014, Denayer was loaned out to Celtics, and he immediately helped the Hoops to a Scottish Premier League and the Scottish League Cup double.


In the summer of 2015, Denayer was loaned out again, this time to Galatasaray, where he successfully helped the club to win the Turkish Cup title that season.


In the summer of 2016, Denayer joined Sunderland on loan, but due to being forced to play in the defensive midfield position and persistent injuries, Denayer's performances in that year has been very poor, and int the end the club also ended up being relegated from the from the Premier League.


In the summer of 2017, Denayer returned to Galatasaray on loan again. This time, he successfully helped the club win the Turkish Süper Lig title, restoring his reputation in one fall swoop.



Officially set foot in France


In the summer of 2018, Denayer, who has been repeatedly given false hopes by Manchester City, finally had enough by transferring to Olympique Lyonnais for €6.5million. After coming to the Groupama Stadium, Denayer immediately establish himself as the main starter of the Les Gones team with a series of excellent performances.


Last season, Denayer played 21 times in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side, scoring 3 goals and assisting once. He finally left the club after the expiration of his contract this summer.


Internationally, Denayer was first called up to the Belgium senior national team in October 2014, but he had to wait until March 2015 to officially complete his senior national team debut. So far, Denayer has played 35 times in all competitions for De Rode Duivels, scoring once.