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News number: 8805150336

14:30 | 2009-08-06

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Steel Azin Interested in Hiring Mahdavikia

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian soccer club Steel Azin's co-owner, Hossein Hedayati said Eintracht Frankfurt Iranian defender Mehdi Mahdavikia might join his team.



"I have personally talked with the valued, fine Iranian player (Mahdavikia) for a few minutes; we will hire him if he is interested," Hedayati told FNA on Thursday.

On Tuesday this week, Mahdavikia's agent Mahmoud Reza Fazeli had told goal.com that Mahdavikia would not join the Tehran-based Steel Azin, as none of the club's officials talked to Fazeli about the offer.

"I am unaware of Mahdavikia's agent's remarks and I'm not expected to talk to him. I find it easier to negotiate with Mahdavikia himself," Hedayati added.

"I didn't talk with any agents about Ali Karimi, but you saw how he joined Steel Azin. Both Mahdavikia and Karimi have the same agent," he further explained.

The Iranian superstar Ali Karimi, 30, officially joined Steel Azin last Wednesday after he failed to reach an agreement with his former club, Persepolis, because of a difference of opinion with the club's chief executive, Abbas Ansarifard.

According to Hedayati, the result of his negotiations with 32-year-old Mahdavikia will be clear in three days' time.

Mahdavikia, who played 111 times for Iran and scored 13 goals, announced his retirement from the Iranian national soccer squad after it failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.