Jordi Strongly Denies Only Using Indonesian Passports to Join Johor Darul Takzim | 1NEWS

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Prospective naturalized player, Jordi Amat denied that he was only using the prospective Indonesian passport he got to join the Malaysian club, Johor Darul Takzim.

Many slanted opinions accompany the move of the 30-year-old Spanish-Indonesian defender to the Malaysian Super League (MSL) champion club, even some Indonesian netizens have called for the naturalization process to be cancelled.

The former Swansea City player in the English Premier League is himself without a club after leaving Belgian team KAS Eupen this summer.

What did Jordi say about the skewed issue that colored his move to JDT?

Through his personal Instagram page, Jordi gave a direct clarification on the accusation that he wanted to be naturalized by Indonesia only for his personal interests to play in Malaysia using Asia or ASEAN quotas.

“Hello all my respected followers, I am making this statement to explain why I chose JDT as my new team,” he wrote in a photo.

“The first thing I want to clarify is all the false accusations against me, which say that I want to get an Indonesian passport to be able to play as an Asian quota in my new team JDT.”

“I want everyone to know that before I took this decision, I also had offers from some of the country’s strong leagues. I joined JDT not only for money, the reason I joined Johor was based on my efforts to adapt in Asia, because of the proximity to Indonesia and also allowing me to continue competing at the highest level of Asian football, because JDT competes in the ACL, the Asian Champions League.”

Impressed with JDT’s amazing facilities & want to be closer to Indonesia

“Johor is only two hours from Indonesia by plane and the football club is still competing in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League,” Jordi continued.

“By invitation from Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim [pemilik JDT]I can visit all of their facilities and I can guarantee to all of my friends that facilities like this I have never encountered in my teams before.”

“My friends and former colleagues in Asia also gave their opinion to join JDT, because of all these suggestions and opinions I finally decided to join Johor.”

“I also want to inform you that my grandmother was born, raised and lives in Makassar, Indonesia, where I still have family there. I am very proud to be able to defend the Indonesian national team because my goal is to help the national team with my hard work and experience and all that I will try to make you proud of our achievements in the future.”

“I hope my friends all respect my decision, I am leaving Europe, my family and friends. I think I’ve done the right thing on this new journey of football in my life.”

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