The Argentine playmaker has joined the Southern Tigers after five years at Benfica.
Johor Darul Takzim have confirmed that Pablo Aimar will be joining them for the new Malaysian Super League season.
The former Argentina midfielder moves to the Larkin Stadum after five successful years at Portuguese giants Benfica with club president Tunku Ismail Ibrahim validating rumours that the 33-year-old would be moving to the Southern Tigers.
Aimar rejected offers from elsewhere to sign for Johor and Tunku Ismail insists his arrival demonstrates their commitment to improving the standard of football in Malaysia.
“[Pablo Aimar] was smiling when he told us that his decision to play with JDT was made ever since he arrived in Johor and he is not just here to play with us, but also to contribute to the development of the football system, even at the academy level once he is retired from playing,” he explained to Goal.com
Tunku Ismail also praised Aimar for making the switch and revealed that money wasn’t the primary motivator in persuading him to join, stating the fans also played a part.
“He loves Johor and feels that it is a great place for him and his family to settle down,” he added.
“Money is not everything for professional footballers like him.”