Summary: Hapoel Tel Aviv - Maccabi Tel Aviv 0:0 (Sport1)
Maccabi Tel Aviv did a lot to add Dia Saba, but the latter preferred Maccabi Haifa for various reasons.
In Kiryat Shalom, they prepared a contract for 2 and a half years for a salary of 550 thousand euros net.
This is an offer 100,000 euros net per season higher than the one offered by Maccabi Haifa, and yet, the attacking player decided to go to the champion, with the main reason he gave to Maccabi Tel Aviv being his desire to live in the north of the country with his extended family and to come to the training facility of Maccabi Haifa, which is close to his place of residence.
Saba decided that he did not want to live in the center, nor did he want to make the long journey from the north to Tel Aviv every day.
The Yellows were sure that Saba would play in Turkey, but when they realized yesterday morning that he dropped the Anchorgocho option, an appeal was made to the player and his agent Ronen Katsav, but Saba made it clear again that if he had to choose between the two alternatives and play in Israel, he would prefer Maccabi Haifa.
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The money was not enough.
Saba (Photo: GettyImages, ANP Sport)
Maccabi Tel Aviv will now try to complete the ongoing talks with two foreign players with the aim of adding one of them before the window closes the night after tomorrow.
Coach Aitor Karanka made it clear on Tuesday at the end of the derby that he will not ask for players just to fill the squad on Friday, but will choose together with the professional manager Barak Itzhaki only the player who will know how to upgrade the team.
Maccabi Tel Aviv has two of these in the pool, but they prefer not to join at this stage.
At the club they are trying to convince one of them to come.
Meanwhile, it is highly likely that Maccabi Tel Aviv will bring back Eilon Almog who finished his career in Austria and can only play for the yellows because he already played for the team this season and then played for Hartberg in Austria.
There are a number of leagues that schedule the opposite of the leagues in Europe, as happens in Japan and the United States and options are being examined from there, but it seems that the player only wants to return to Israel and will wait for Itzhaki's final decision on his matter.
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Almog (Photo: Ariel Shalom)
In any case Almog is not planned to be a dominant character at first and most of the time he will train to try and prepare himself in case he is asked to play.
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