Al Wasl’s new Brazilian star, Douglas Dos Santos, has revealed that former Corinthians team-mate Ronaldo helped to persuade him to sign for the UAE club.
The playmaker joined
the Dubai club in a four-year deal worth $8 million, and a certain striker
played a part in the decision.
“Ronaldo is a great
player, a phenomenon and playing alongside him is an honour I will never
forget,” Douglas said, according to local media.
“When Ronaldo heard
that I was in talks with a club in Dubai, he urged me to take up the offer,
describing the beauty of this country and the quality of life here.
“Ronaldo has been to Dubai many times and told me it was a very safe place,
good to stay with your family. As soon as I landed here, I realised Ronaldo’s
advice was on target.”
He added, “I know this is a big
change for me, but I am happy to be here and looking forward to the start of
“I have really been heartened by the reception I have received here from the
fans. I can assure you this is a lot better than what I got at Corinthians. So
my target here will be to make the fans happy, just as they have made me feel
so welcome here.”
Al Wasl finished seventh last season and are looking to
improve under new coach Alexandre Guimaraes.