Al Wahda turn down Lyon's advances for UAE talent Hamdan Al Kamali

The Emirati club have admitted there has been interest in their exceptional 22-year-old defender from the French club but have said he's a required player

UAE Pro-League club Al Wahda have turned down an approach from French giants Lyon for Emirati defender Hamdan Al Kamali.

The 22-year-old UAE international defender was wanted by new Lyon boss Remi Garde as he looks to re-build the club after Claude Puel's spell.

However, Al Wahda deputy chief executive officer Khaled Awadh told Sport360 the club wouldn't be letting the impressive central defender go.

We have apologised that he cannot go even though they [Lyon] made an offer for next season,” Awadh said.

The offer has been with us for a month, but we have written back and apologised to them because he has a contract with us and is still one of our players. He will be with us next season.”

Al Kamali, who has made 19 appearances for the senior UAE national team including all three at the 2011 Asian Cup, was listed in Spanish magazine Don Balon's top 100 young players.

Garde was quoted in Sport360 as saying: “I have heard about his qualities and we need him in this particular position. Al Kamali is talented, well-built and has a strong foot when it comes to free-kicks. He is a leader on the pitch.”

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