Former AC Milan and Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari has signed for reigning Ghana Premier League champions Hearts of Oak. The Accra-based club has announced. The duration of the deal is believed to be the remainder of the season though not stated.
The announcement of the midfielder ends weeks of transfer speculation about Muntari’s future.
Muntari becomes the latest high-profile ex-Ghana international after Asamoah Gyan to make a return to the local scene.
Muntari was in the stands on Sunday as the reigning Champions defeated King Faisal 1-0 in the GPL. Muntari has been off the pitch since 2019 after his short spell with Spanish lower division fold Albacete
On multiple occasions, Sulley Muntari has been heavily linked to Hearts of Oak, having periodically trained with the side. In 2018, he was reportedly said to be nearing a switch to the Accra-based side after ending a spell with Spanish club Deportivo la Coruna.
The transfer never materialised as he instead joined Albacete for another stint in Spain.
Hearts board member Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe once opened up on the club’s situation with the player in 2020.
“For the past two years, Hearts of Oak have been telling Sulley Ali Muntari that we’ve reserved a jersey for him. Anytime he’s ready to play, he knows what to do,”
During an Instagram Live chat with fans, the midfielder, who was on the books of Liberty Professionals before first leaving Ghana for abroad, spoke about his desire to possibly join Hearts. He said: “I love [Asante] Kotoko. They tried signing me when l was a young player in Kumasi. I would love to retire with them, but l would not rule out Hearts, RTU [Real Tamale United], King Faisal or Liberty Professionals.
Muntari featured for Ghana at 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups and won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010 and FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008.
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