Tunku Ismail: Why keep players who do not want to play for you?

Johor Crown Prince breaks his silence over the transfer saga involving Kelantan striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha
     By Khalis Rifhan

The transfer saga surrounding Kelantan striker sees no end to it as both Kelantan FA [KAFA] President, Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Football Association of Johor Chairman Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim do not seem to agree on the transfer fee for the player.

After signing several national players, Johor set their eyes on Norshahrul Idlan Talaha as they look to beef up their squad for the new season. KAFA had set a transfer fee on their star striker to which Tunku Ismail was not agreeable to.

Speaking during a press conference, unveiling their latest singning, former Lazio midfielder Simone Del Nero, Tunku Ismail said: “I had sent a letter to KAFA, a reply to their initial letter. It is now up to Norshahrul and KAFA to sort things out.”

“Why do you keep players that do now want to play for you? If it was me, I will let go of the player.”

There were reports in several Malaysian media that KAFA had allegedly demanded a fee of about RM 5-6 million and Tunku Ismail is having none of it, if the figure were indeed true.

“I do not know where the figures come from," he said.

"Sometimes people want to take advantage of the situation.”

“If indeed they demand such fee, then I think it’s a 'No' from me.”

Johor have also signed three players from Malaysia Cup finalists ATM FA in the form of twin brothers Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak and Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak, and Azmi Muslim.

The trio will be joined by Muslim Ahmad, who made the journey south from Terengganu FA and Selangor FA attacking maestro, Safiq Rahim.

If Norshahrul does make his way to the Southern Tigers, he will be partnering former Spain international Dani Guiza who signed with the team a month ago.

Kelantan supremo Tan Sri Annuar, announced the 2013 squad late Tuesday night and Norshahrul was a notable absentee from the list, further fueling speculation that the transfer might be days away from official announcement.