The Bin Zayed Group have issued a statement through UAE radio sports presenter Peter Redding, and it has clouded things further rather than provide any answers.

Fans have been eagerly anticipating a statement from Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan’s group who are hoping to buy the club from Mike Ashley.

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Redding claimed BZG told him: “Both parties have worked diligently in finalising a deal, none more so than ourselves. We have completed every aspect required in a takeover process’.

“Press claims of no bids or Premier League approval processes are simply untrue.

“The current owners have cooperated amicably throughout this process and if a deal is not forthcoming it will not be due to lack of effort from both parties”

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While it appears to be a promising update, my worry is the amount of past tenses used throughout the short statement.

“Both parties have worked diligently”, “we have completed every aspect required”, and “current owners have coopereated amicably” all sound as though it is what happened, and not what is happening.

Has BZG’s tone changed in latest statement?

Now, maybe I am being pessimistic, or thinking too negatively, but the last line which mentions “if a deal is not forthcoming it will not be due to lack of effore from both parties”, sounds a lot more defeatist than their comments last month.

We were led to believe a deal was imminent, but this suggests that there are doubts.

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Of course, many fans may read it the opposite way, and say that it could suggest the negotiations are complete, and the takeover is approaching the endgame.


That, of course, would be the optimistic viewpoint, and I sincerely hope that it is this scenario that turns out to be true.

But we have been down this road so many times in the last decade, I simply cannot bring myself to believe it until it is official.

Like other fans, I can only keep my fingers crossed that an end to Mike Ashley’s tenure is in sight, and as much as I fear the worst, I will continue to hope for the best.

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