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The former Singapore international will leave Arema Indonesia, who decided against releasing the player after indicating their intention to do so a week ago

By Khalis Rifhan

Indonesia Super League (ISL) club Arema Indonesia have reversed their decision to release M. Ridhuan from its team, but the former Singapore international will not see any further action with them this season as the player will be loaned out to Persisam Samarinda.

“I will head over to Samarinda and play for Persisam," Ridhuan told, after Arema had announced a week ago that they were letting him go.

“I am leaving Malang [Arema’s home town] with a heavy heart as the people here are friendly and the supporters and players are close with each other.”

Although Ridhuan is sad to leave his loyal fans, he hopes they understand the predicament he is in and promised to give his best for his new club. 

“The atmosphere in Kanjuruhan Stadium will spur any players on to play their best," he said.

"In short, I feel like an extended family member of Malang. But this is the life of a footballer - we might move to [a] different club every season.

"I am a professional and if Arema is to play in Samarinda, I will do all I can to ensure my team win.”

Ridhuan has thus far played five times for the club this season, twice as a starter, but has failed to impress coach Rahmad Darmawan in those matches.

But despite being told that his services were not needed in Arema, the 29-year old had indicated that he was not seeking a return to Singapore as he preferred to play in Indonesia.

Ridhuan last played in the S.League with Tampines Rovers in 2009 before making the switch to Indonesia with his current club.

When the club encountered a split in management and dualism in the local league, Ridhuan turned out for the Arema team that played in the Indonesia Premier League before signing for Arema (ISL) at the start of the 2012-2013 season.