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Four new signings and three departures in January - January 2019

The club has signed four new players in the January transfer window with the aim of strengthening the squad in a bid to win the club's sixth Iraqi Premier League title.

The four incoming players are left-back Dhurgham Ismail, returning to the club after three years in Turkey, winger Karrar Jassim, a winner of the AFC Asian Cup in 2007, Senegalese midfielder Dominique Mendy, coming from rivals Al Quwa Al Jawiya, and Tunisian defender Zied Derbali, arriving from Al Muharraq of Bahrain.

Young goalkeeper Abdulaziz Ammar has also been sent on loan to Al Semawah while striker Mohammed Jabbar Shokan and defender Ahmed Nadhim have been sold to Al Minaa and Al Naft respectively.

Al Shorta reject six offers for Mohanad Ali - January 2019

The club has announced in this official statement the rejection of six offers for striker Mohanad Ali following his impressive Asian Cup campaign:

"The administrative body of Al Shorta held a special meeting to discuss the offers received by the club for the services of national team striker Mohanad Ali.

The club administration announces in this official statement that it is turning a blind eye to the idea of losing the services of Mohanad Ali during this transfer period. The player will remain in the team until the end of the current season and then his professional future will be studied; whether he will continue until the end of his contract or choose another suitable contract.

The reason for not accepting any of the offers received by the club is the fact that they did not match the financial value wanted by the club and worthy of a player who aspires to achieve a professional experience at the highest level.

There have been lies spread across various media about some clubs offering large sums of money up to six million dollars, and the club stresses that the offers did not match our ambitions appropriate for the high levels provided by the player.

The administration discussed all the offers submitted in terms of their usefulness to the player and the club. A decision was made to keep the player until the end of the season where we aspire to achieve the league title and the administration believes Mohanad Ali will play a big role in realising the dream of our fans.

The offers officially received by the club were from the following clubs: Al Ain of UAE, Benfica of Portugal, Galatasaray of Turkey, Genk of Belgium, AEK Athens of Greece and Juventus of Italy."

Mohanad will therefore remain at the club for the remainder of this season at least, in a bid to win the Iraqi Premier League for the second time in his career. His first title came in the 2013-14 season when Al Shorta were crowned champions two days short of his 14th birthday, making him the youngest player in the competition's history to earn the winners' medal. He also holds the records for the youngest ever Al Shorta player and the youngest ever player to play in one of the six Baghdad Derbies. He is the second-youngest player in the league's history after Amjad Kalaf who made his debut for Al Kut as a 13 year-old back in 2005.

Al Shorta to train in Erbil before league return - January 2019

Al Shorta will undergo a short training camp in Erbil to prepare for the return of the Iraqi Premier League.

The league has been suspended for over a month due to the Iraq national team's participation in the AFC Asian Cup, while Al Shorta have been eliminated from the Iraqi FA Cup 2-1 on aggregate by Al Kahrabaa.

The camp will include some friendly games featuring the club's new signings.

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