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The Jota Celtic to Ittihad transfer fiasco probed as Saudi Pro League chief reveals fears over 'consequences' for move

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The acting CEO of the Saudi Pro League has revealed he contacted Al-Ittihad to express concern after Jota was dropped from their squad.

Former Celtic star Jota has spent the season frozen out of the picture in Jeddah after leaving the Scottish Premiership champions last summer - after he was not selected as one of the eight foreign players allowed for each Pro League squad.

That has relegated the 25-year-old to appearances in the AFC Champions League and friendly clashes with talk of a return to European football in January swirling And vice-chairman of the Pro League board of directors and acting CEO Saad Al-Ladhiz has revealed he probed the club over their decision - after Ittihad did not pay a penny of the £25million the Hoops received through the recruitment programme in place for the league.

The project saw every club in the division given a large pot of money with which to attract top talent to the region - including the Portuguese star.Speaking to Kora Al-Ladhiz said “Jota is among the programme’s deals, and he was at the request of Al-Ittihad and there was no competition for him from other Pro League sides and only Al-Ittihad requested him to be contracted.

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