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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 August, 2004, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Hadji moves to Asia
Mustapha Hadji in action
Hadji (right) was with Espanyol last season
Former African Footballer of the Year Mustapha Hadji has signed a one-year contract with Emirates, a club based in the United Arab Emirates.

"I am glad to be joining the Emirates club," Hadji told a news conference on Saturday.

The financial details were not disclosed but club officials said Hadji, who will captain his new side, was expected to fortify the squad for their domestic campaign.

"His vast experience will definitely help our side in the league," said Emirates president Sheikh Ahmed Ben-Sakr.

Hadji, who spent last season with Spanish side Espanyol after a career in the English Premiership with Aston Villa and Coventry, had also been the target of Glasgow Rangers.

But talks with the Scottish club broke down after they refused to give him a two-year contract.

With no other club willing to meet Hadji's demands, the 33-year-old opted for the UAE offer.

"I left Espanyol because they only offered me a one-year-contract which is no use, because I am at an age where I need security," Hadji said.

The well-travelled Moroccan, who has also played in France and Portugal, won Africa's top individual football prize in 1998.

His international career with Morocco's Atlas Lions saw him feature in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

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