Dinamo Zagreb won’t allow me to leave, says Ali Karimi

Tehran Times - Iranian midfielder Ali Karimi, who joined Croatian champion Dinamo Zagreb last summer, stated that despite having a couple of offers the club won’t allow him to leave.

The 23-year-old midfielder didn’t get a decent chance to show his skills as he has been mostly among the reserve players.

“I’ve still three years left on my contract with Dinamo Zagreb and they won’t allow me to leave the club after just six months. However, I’ve received a couple of offers from Iranian and European sides but I’m committed to my contract,” Karimi said.

“I would like to stay and fight for a place in the starting lineup. No player want to be a bench warmer and I’m not an exception. If I’m forced to leave Dinamo Zagreb I’ll go somewhere to play more,” he added.

On 1 July 2016, Karimi joined Dinamo Zagreb from Iran’s Sepahan on a five-year contract for a reported US$400,000 transfer fee.

He is the first Iranian to play in Croatian Prva HNL.

The 22-year-old midfielder made his league debut on 13 August 2016, coming on as second half substitute in a 2–1 victory against Inter Zapresic.

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