Negotiations between the player and Esteghlal has been going on for sometimes now while insider sources indicate that the 32 Years ex Pas and Shariah player will be signing a contract with Esteghlal within 48 hours. There is no world or confirmation from the Spanish club as Nekounam has one more season to run to the end of his contract.
Esteghlal was also in hot pursuit to recruit out of contract Mohammad Reza Khalatbari from Al Wasl. If Nekounam deal is finalized , it is not expected that Esteghlal will pursue their intertest in the ex-Zab Ahan Team Melli player.
Meanwhile , Mojtaba Jabbari , the Team Melli and Esteghlal midfield has refused to join his teammates for the start of training in preparation for the new season. Jabbari and the newly recruited coach , Amir Ghalenoei , had differences when Ghalenoei was last at the helm of the club before his departure to Sepahan and then Treactosrsazi. Ghalenoei has publicly declared that he currently has no issues with Mojtaba Jabbari and the player is welcome in his team. However , the player has refused to join the squad and it looks like there is going to be some problems brewing up between him and the club.
Mojtaba Jabbari despite his quality and value with the club , is always involved in disputes with his coaches and managers. He was suspended and fines several times in Esteghlal for his attitude.