BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Outgoing Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) striker Juan Martin Lucero has been praised by club owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
In a post on the club's social media, Tunku Ismail, who is also known as TMJ by fans, has acknowledged the Argentine's contributions to the club since joining them before the start of the 2016 season.
"I'd like to say thank you to Juan Martin Lucero who's helped and have been one of the pivotal players in JDT's success last season," praised the crown prince.
In 2016, the forward scored a total of 27 goals for the Southern Tigers in all competitions, helping them reach the AFC Cup semis and win the FA Cup and the Super League titles.
Tunku Ismail also said that the club have not ruled out the possibility of the 25-year old playing for them again in the future.
"He's is a terrific player and our door will always be open for him to return to our team," wrote Tunku Ismail.
In praising Lucero, he has also likened the forward to another Argentine striker who used to play for the club.
"I'm also proud to say that I have two players who have worn the number 19 jersey in my team which is him and Luciano Figeroa.
"Their commitment and contributions have given a great impact to the club," said Tunku Ismail.
Both Lucero and JDT's other Argentinian forward; Jorge Perreyra Diaz have been transfer listed by JDT and new foreign players have been signed as their replacement, with the club looking to cut down on their spending for the 2017 season.
On Saturday, the club posted on their social media that they have fetched a RM11.5 million offer for Lucero from an unnamed club, an amount head coach Mario Gomez described as 'difficult to refuse.'