Italy captain Cannavaro signs for Dubai`s Al-Ahli

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has signed a two-year deal with Al-Ahli of Dubai.

Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 17:52 PM IST

Dubai: Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has signed a two-year deal with Al-Ahli of Dubai after Juventus turned down the chance to extend his contract.

Former Real Madrid defender Cannavaro signed a one-year deal with Juventus last year but heading into the World Cup the Turin club decided not to extend that contract.

But the 36-year-old, who currently has 132 caps for Italy and will retire from international football after the June 11-July 11 World Cup, said he was delighted to have now signed for the Dubai club.

"My contract with Al-Ahli realises my dream of living in Dubai and finishing my career playing for one of its clubs," said Cannavaro, currently with the Italy squad in South Africa.

Al-Ahli official Abdullah al-Nabuda added: "It`s one of the biggest deals for us.

"Cannavaro is a player known for having worn the jerseys of clubs as famous as Real Madrid and Juventus. He was also voted the world`s best player in 2006, the same year he won the World Cup in Germany with his team."

Bureau Report