The Swedish national team striker Isaac Kiese Thelin, 29, scored one of the goals when Sweden defeated Uzbekistan in a training international match on Sunday. The forward also jumped into the final minutes of the World Cup qualifier against Greece on Wednesday.
Now Kiese Thelin’s Belgian club Anderlecht confirm that the forward is moving to Baniyas in the United Arab Emirates, which SVT was the first to report on on Friday. This is a permanent transfer for the 29-year-old, who joined Anderlecht in January 2017 and stayed on 45 matches for the club. Thelin has signed a three-year contract.
Thelin was loaned to Waasland-Beveren, Bayer Leverkusen, Malmö FF and Kasimpasa during his time in Anderlecht. He left the national team gathering earlier this week to complete a transfer to Turkish Konyaspor. However, that transition broke at the last minute when the club referred to a price increase from the Swede’s agent, which Thelin himself then denied.
Baniyas has also presented the Swede in a presentation video on social media where Thelin sits on a sofa with a newspaper and answers security staff at the team’s home arena that he “is the answer to the club’s questions”. The Swede then ends the video with a hush sign.
— RSC Anderlecht (@rscanderlecht) September 11, 2021
– Baniyas Club (@BaniyasClub) September 11, 2021