The Iranian superstar told reporters last week that he wouldn't be staying with the Tehran giants, however the club's general manager insists they've reached an agreementPersepolis general manager Mohammad Ruyanian says star attacker Ali Karimi has decided to re-sign with the club despite stating last week he was leaving.
The 33-year-old former Bayern Munich man's contract with the Tehran club has expired and he admitted last week he'd held unsuccessful negotiations regarding a new deal.
However, Ruyanian said according to the Tehran Times that the two parties had struck a deal to keep him with the Reds.
“We have reached an agreement with Karimi and the valuable player will stay here. Hopefully, he will stay at Persepolis for 10 years more,” Ruyanian said.
Rumours spread of a rift between Karimi and coach Mustafa Denizli in April, before Ruyanian publicly moved to dispel the speculation.
However, Karimi has often spoken about the fact he'd be leaving Persepolis, commenting last week: “No, I’m not going to stay. I opened negotiation with Mr. Ruyanian but we didn’t reach an agreement."
The situation now has changed with Denizli understood to be set to join Besiktas, while Persepolis are chasing a new coach, possibly Gabriel Calderon or Bruno Metsu.