Ali Al-Habsi Joins Al Hilal Bringing 11-Year Stint in English Football to a Close
The 35-year-old Reading player has signed with Saudi Arabia side, Al Hilal, it has been announced. The first goalkeeper from the Gulf region to play in the Premier League, the talented player now becomes the first non-Saudi in his position to play in the country’s top flight.
Ali Al-Habsi, winner of Reading’s player of the year award last season, has signed a three-year contract with the Saudi Arabian club, announcing the move on his Twitter account: “Today I officially announce that I am moving to Al Hilal FC, one of the greatest clubs in Saudi Arabia and Asia.
“It was surely a tough decision to take. I have spent a great 2 years at Reading. It felt like home with friends, family and teammates. No one can imagine the support and love that I receiver from the fans and club. It was a one of a king experience. [sic]
“I am sure that Reading will do great next season specially [sic] with a perfect manager like Jaap Stam, you will push forward and will have excellent results.”