Selangor reject Azrif request, accuse JDT of ‘stealing’ player

In a twist of events, Malaysia Cup winners Selangor have rejected Azrif Nasrulhaq’s request to mutually terminate his contract following speculation he had signed for Johor Darul Takzim (JDT).

Speculation – fuelled by Azrif himself – was rife on a potential move to Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions JDT, with a photograph of Azrif posing at JDT surfacing on social media.

However, Selangor team manager Amirudin Shari poured cold ice on any move away from the club and revealed that the Red Giants have rejected Azrif's request to buy himself out from a one-year contract extension he signed just last week.

Amirudin took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon claiming a Football Association of Malaysia committee may have to decide the “love triangle between Selangor, Azrif and JDT”.

“Azrif wrote to us on Monday and today, we rejected the request. Azrif is still contracted to Selangor and it is an offence if he has signed with another team before buying himself out of the contract with us,” he wrote.

“Our best hope to fight for our rights lies with the FAM status committee, if they need to decide the love triangle between Selangor, Azrif and JDT.

“Stealing a player at the last minute is not fair to any team, like how scoring when your opponents are down is not."

In a press statement that followed, the manager explained that Azrif’s termination request was rejected because Selangor were not in a position to find a replacement, as most players had already secured their futures.

On Tuesday evening, he added on Twitter: "A JDT official just contacted me. I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel and everything will be good tomorrow."

Azrif has apologised to Selangor fans on Instagram after making posts there and on Twitter on a potential move.


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In a press statement late on Tuesday, JDT claimed they were not aware Azrif was still contracted to Selangor.

"One of our scouts identified the player and informed the club that the player was not contracted to any club," stated Johor Football Association secretary Fahmy Yahya. 

"So the club was surprised to learn that the player is actually still under contract at Selangor and that the scout did not do proper research on this player.

"Following the revelation, JDT no longer wish to sign the player. The service of the scout has been terminated with immediate effect for this misinformation."