Awer Mabil leaves Adelaide for Denmark

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Adelaide United’s explosive midfield Awer Mabil will be leaving his club immediately, having agreed to join Danish club FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed sum.

The Reds confirmed the news in a press release on Monday afternoon just hours before Josep Gombau’s men were to take on English giants Liverpool. Mabil made his professional debut for Adelaide United and the pace and creativity he displayed in his time at Hindmarsh led many to believe his time in Australia was limited.

The winger thanked his club and fans in the press release confirming his departure.

“Thank you Adelaide United for allowing me to pursue my dream of playing in Europe for a very strong and ambitious club that sets high standards,” said Mabil.

“A big thank you to my coach Josep Gombau and the rest of the staff at Adelaide United for helping my development as a player and person.

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“And of course the fans for being such great fans to play for each week.”

The Danish club to which Mabil is heading are current champions of their domestic competition, the Superligaen, and are currently fighting for a spot in the UEFA Champions League.

Such an opportunity is impressive for the highly regarded 19-year-old, particularly considering he rarely played a full 90 minutes of football under Gombau in the most recent A-League season.

However the transfer may come as a shock to Reds fans, with Mabil telling The Football Sack in April that he planned on honouring his contract with the Reds and establishing himself as a first team player before entertaining thoughts of a move to Europe.

“Personally, I need to establish myself in the league here if I want to have any chance of playing [in Europe],” he said.

“I need to make a name for myself in the A-League, and next year will be very crucial to me and I’ve got to work yard.

“Hopefully I do what I set myself to do, which is to score a lot of goals and achieve in every game, and if I do that I think I’ll be ready to go.”

Mabil will leave for his new club on Tuesday and has not been named to take on Liverpool in a friendly later today.

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