Al Ain have signed Swedish international striker Marcus Berg from Greek club Panathinaikos on a two-year deal worth 3m euros, signalling their intention to get back among the Arabian Gulf League challengers next season.
The former IFK Gothenburg and Hamburg forward scored an impressive 73 league goals during his time in Greece.
Al Ain, who endured a poor domestic season by finishing fourth in the AGL, are also still in the hunt for the 2017 AFC Champions League which resumes in August. Berg’s first involvement with the team is likely to come in the quarterfinals of the continent’s premier competition against Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.
The transfer is also seen as a significant return by the club into the European transfer market, following the signing of Tsukasa Shiotani from J1 League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima earlier in the summer.
On Wednesday, Berg announced the move to his fans on his official Instagram.
Im so happy to announce that from now on i am a Al ain player. Im looking forward to my new challenge and i will do my very best to reach mine and the clubs goals! I want to take the oppurtunity to say a BIG Thank you to all of you fans of Panathinaikos who have been supporting me from the first until the last days in this fantastic club! Im so proud and happy to have been a part of Panathinaikos for four years, Its been alot of ups and downs but i will always look back with pride and joy and remember all the hard work and effort i put in every day to improve myself and the team! Its been alot of tears the last days, tears of happiness from the Love, kindness, respect me and my family got from all of you fantastic people in Panathinaikos- Athens- Greece! ??? Last of all. My teammates and colleagues, the people i worked with everyday and been through alot with! People i will have in my life forever. Its been an honor for me to work with all of you and i will miss you alot! I wish all of you the best of luck and i will follow your games as a supporter of ?? Today a new exiting chapter starts for me and my family With Love, Berg
“I’m so happy to announce that from now on I’m an Al Ain player. I’m looking forward to my new challenge and I will do my very best to reach mine and the clubs goals!”
The 30-year-old, who has scored 12 goals in 47 matches for his country, also thanked the Panathinaikos fans for their support over the last four years.
Despite last season’s troubles, which left them facing the possibility of no AFC Champions League football in 2018, Al Ain fans will be confident that a line up that now boasts Berg, Emirati golden boy Omar Abdulrahman and Brazilian forward Caio will fire them to glory in the coming campaign.