Ghana legend Abedi Pele believes UAE-based striker Asamoah Gyan has a higher possibility of returning to Europe.
The Ghana international was severely criticized for his shock loan move from English Premier League side Sunderland to Al Ain last September.
Some say the 25-year-old moved because of the money involved and a return to the Stadium of Light in the summer is in serious doubt.
There are reports clubs in the Gulf are interested in signing him on a permanent basis.
But Pele-who played in UAE in the early stages of his career-believes will return to top-flight action in Europe.
“I also played here at the start of my career [in Qatar] and then moved on to Europe to become one of the greatest players then,” the triple African Footballer of the Year said.
“I don’t think this is the end of Gyan’s career. He is going to benefit from this experience and then move on to bigger things and become one of the big players in Europe.
“Gyan started off in Europe and now he has come here for the experience. He is still young. He has so many years before him.
“I hope he is going to do well here, and if there is a possibility for him to move back to Europe then he would do so.”
Gyan is currently the leading scorer in the UAE top-flight with 22 goals in 21 matches.