JOHOR BARU: Three-time Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have snapped up talented attacking midfielder Mohd Nazmi Faiz Mansor from Selangor.
But the 22-year-old will not play for JDT in next season’s Super League.
Instead, he will be loaned out to a Japanese team.
JDT owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim confirmed Wednesday that Nazmi has signed a contract with the club.
“We have big plans for him, which is why the management has decided to send him out on loan to Japan first.
“We have yet to identify the Japanese club, but he will definitely be playing there,” Tunku Ismail told a press conference at the Larkin Stadium.
This will be Nazmi’s second overseas stint following his move to Portuguese club SC Beira-Mar back in 2012.
He hardly saw any action in the Portuguese Under-19 league and returned to Malaysia a few months into his three-year contract.
Tunku Ismail added that JDT are also looking at signing up several other local players before their pre-season begins next month.
“We are discussing with the respective FAs and will send letters notifying our intent,” he said, adding that JDT will slash their budget by at least 50% for next season – including selling players to balance their book.
“Next year is our recovery year, having spent huge sums of money from 2013 and 2016. Next season, the club’s financial focus is towards building our new stadium and training centre.”
“We need to sustain this club financially and I do not want to be in a situation where JDT cannot pay the salaries of players and its staff.
“If the fans really love JDT, then I hope they will support the club through Yayasan Penyokong JDT, where they can buy shares and have a say in the club ... which is similar to Barcelona’s concept,” he added.