Hibs fail in Izaguirre bid

Former Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre has revealed that he has turned down the chance to sign for Hibs.

The 32-year-old is on the verge of leaving Saudi Arabian club Al-Fayha because his family struggled with the change in culture.

He has a number of options, but he has revealed he turned down a chance of a return to Scotland.

He said:

“I want to end my contract early in Saudi Arabia. My family has found the culture to be very difficult. I have a meeting with them to discuss my exit.

“I have options in the UK, Scotland mainly. Neil Lennon called me. He’s the manager of Hibs, but I told him I don’t want to play again in Scotland because of what I went through at Celtic and agents there.

“I had major problems with agents in Scotland who have threatened to sue me and asked me for money. I don’t want to go back to Scotland.

“First, I need to solve my contract situation in Saudi Arabia. I want to go to the MLS because it is closer to Honduras in terms of my international career.

“I was in Scotland for seven years and travelling 24 hours every time to play for your country was not ideal. I don’t want to go through that again.

“One day I will go back to my first club, Motagua. But I want to play in at least two major tournaments with Honduras first.”

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