First published by sportwitness.co.uk

It appears we’ve got some confusion going in Tunisia regarding the future of Ali Maaloul.

Firstly, we have Kawarji claiming that Cardiff are interested in the left-back, who has expressed ‘many times’ his desire to play in Europe.

They state Neil Warnock’s side are the Premier League team wanting the 28-year-old, who has represented his country 52 times, including playing in both games against England and Belgium at the World Cup.

However, over at Kapitalis, the version of events is rather different.

The other Tunisian website explain there has been no interest from other clubs in Ali Maaloul’s services since the summer, and that’s come directly from Al Ahly’s director of football, who denies receiving any offers from a Premier League side and says that any interest is from the past.

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It’s worth pointing out that, as things stand, Syed Abdel Hafiz is trying to convince his defender to sign a new contract, as the current deal tying the left-back to the club is set to expire in 2020.

Could he simply be trying to play down Cardiff’s interest to increase his chances of getting his wish? That’s a possibility.

We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s hard to know who’s telling the truth here.

After all, both sides have a clear agenda.

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