Official: Former AFC Player of the Year Server Djeparov leaves FC Seoul to join Al Shabab

After beginning the trend of Uzbek players heading to the K-League, the ex-Bunyodkor midfielder has left Korea to join Michel Preud'homme's White Lions

Uzbekistan superstar Server Djeparov has left Korean champions FC Seoul to join Saudi Arabian outfit Al Shabab on a three-year deal.

The 28-year-old 2008 AFC Player of the Year has joined the White Lions for a transfer fee of approximately of €2.25 million.

Al Shabab finished fourth in the 2010-11 Saudi Pro League season, missing out on AFC Champions League qualification, but have since appointed former Twente boss Michel Preud'homme to become their new coach.

"It will be interesting to work with such a well-known coach," Djeparov told

"I have collected information about the new club mostly from the internet. Unfortunately, Al Shabab were relegated from this season's AFC Champions League, but I think next year we will be seriously fighting for the trophy.

"Al Shabab will start their preparations for the new season in Germany and I am planning to join them by the end of July after Uzbekistan's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan."

Djeparov leaves Seoul after heading to the Korean capital from Bunyodkor in mid-2010.

The midfielder created a trend for Uzbek players moving to Korea, with Timur Kapadze and Alexander Geynrikh joining K-League clubs Incheon United and Suwon Bluewings since.

"I was the first Uzbek in Korean League and now I would like to discover Saudi Arabia,” Djeparov added.

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