Raul aims thinly veiled dig at departed Diaz

Johor Southern Tigers
The abrupt departure of Jorge Pereyra Diaz from Johor Darul Ta'zim has left a bitter taste in the mouth due to the lack of professionalism.

Raul Longhi who has been given the task of handling the squad now that Ulisses Morais had to call time on his JDT adventure due to family matters back in Portugal, has come out strongly to criticise the action of one Jorge Pereyra Diaz.

The 27-year-old Argentine forward is the current top scorer for JDT but has now decided that he wants to play his football elsewhere with immediate effect. Diaz was supposed to travel with the team to Vietnam to face Song Lam Nghe An in the AFC Cup but that will no longer be the case.

Diaz apparently left the team hotel in Singapore and has returned to Argentina, leaving his team mates and club in a huff.

Raul who was given the role of the caretaker head coach, has been in the club for three years now and understood more than others what it means to be part of the JDT family. 

"I will take on this duty positively even though I am saddened by coach Morais's departure. Our agendas will still be our priority, not just to uphold the Johor Darul Ta'zim Football Club philosophy but also the importance of the club’s policy."

"I will make sure all players and staff respect the club’s policy and to remember that no one is bigger then the club. This is my main priority," said Raul in a statement released by JDT on their Facebook page.

Over the years, Raul would have seen plenty of players come and go, so the departure of Diaz while not desired, would only cause a ripple in the grand scheme of things for JDT.

Question marks remains as whether under the feeder club policy, if JDT are allowed to promote a foreign player from their Johor Darul Ta'zim II side to replace Diaz or will they have to wait until the transfer window later this year.