TMJ unable to guarantee same level of talent for next season

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) might not be able to retain their prized players next season, the Crown Prince has warned…

JDT might have just won the Malaysia Super League (MSL) for an unprecedented third consecutive year, but the Crown Prince has downplayed all expectations for next season.

JDT chief HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said that the club might only have one or two foreign import for the 2017 season, in order to ensure its finances stay stable.

“To be honest, next year we will be getting less than this year. I might only be able to have one or two foreign players to ensure the club do not have any debt and financial crisis,” the Crown Prince said on the club's Facebook page.

There are times you will win and times you will lose. We cannot win all the time. There will be defeats


“Even if we're not strong or don't win, it doesn't matter because this is football. There are times you will win and times you will lose. We cannot win all the time. There will be defeats.”

The Southern Tigers might also lose the services of Malaysia’s international stalwarts Amri Yahyah and Safee Sali.

Both players have had limited playing time this season, although they have contributed with essential goals.

“I will leave it to the coach to decide to continue with them, or allow them to leave. That also depends on the players whether they want to stay with us or move to other teams,” the JDT owner added.

“But now is not the right time to discuss about it because the football season hasn't ended. Let's wait until the season ends before we discuss about the future of the players as well as coaches.”

However, JDT will still be aiming to improve their level of football, as the Crown Prince shared his plans for the pre-season ahead.

JDT are slated for training stints in Spain's La Liga and are also keen on a partnership with Thai giants Buriram United.

TMJ said: “The plan is as soon as the Super League and AFC Cup is over, the players will be sent to Spain for pre-season.

“I will send the players to Valencia and Atletico Madrid. And from there, we will return home to accept Buriram, Thailand invitation and will bear all the cost for us to have a collaboration between Buriram and JDT.”

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