Date: 2nd February 2007 at 7:21am
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The 26 year old Dutch defender has only made seven apppearances in total so far for the Dons this season as he has battled against a recurring thigh injury.

Karim suffered a cracked tibia and fibula after an ill-timed lunge tackle by Dirk Kuyt whilst they were both still at Utrecht. Kuyt’s career has gone in the direction many foresaw for a man with his talent but had his typical strikers lunge on Karim not caused as much damage as it did, perhaps Karim too would be playing Champions League standard football and been competing for national honours. Karim was on the verge of a 1.5 million move to PSV Eindhoven when Kuyt struck at the end of a training match.

Karim gave his view on the incident ‘It was just bad luck,’ Touzani recalls. ‘We were nearly finished, and the trainer said ‘next team that scores we finish’. But still nobody scored, so I went up front and went to shoot, and he kicked me from the side. It was a typical striker’s tackle.’

Jimmy Calderwood rates the defensive player very highly and was delighted when the opportunity to sign him became possible. ‘He reads the game well, has got a physical presence, is good in the air and good on the ball. So when I learned through one of my friends in Holland that there might have been a possibility I was excited and got it done straight away.’

Aberdeen fans have not been able to really see the qualities Touzani posseses but the man of Moroccan descent is determined to change that and help the Dons into Europe.

He said ‘It’s been a very frustrating period in my career. I was unlucky to pick up the injury then tried to come back too quickly which delayed my recovery.

‘But I’m 100 per cent again and now I’m back in the first team I intend to stay there and show the fans what I can do.

‘Every game is like a cup final now as we have to collect as many points as possible to get back into Europe.’

The former Ajax, FC Utrecht and FC Twente player revealed talks over his future will go ahead soon and hopes adeal can be struck because he is enjoying life in Scotland.

Touzani said: ‘My agent is coming from Holland next week to begin negotiations about a new contract. I hope my future is sorted out swiftly because I’m happy with Aberdeen and want to stay.

‘So far no specifics about the length of contract have been discussed but I don’t expect any problems in signing another deal.

‘This is my first time with a club outwith Holland but I’m pleased with how it’s worked out. My wife and I have settled easily into life in Scotland.’

Two players who will not be taking up new Pittodrie contracts are 20 year old Kyle MacAulay who joins his uncle and ex-Dons manager Steve Paterson permanently at Peterhead for an undisclosed fee and Alan Gow who has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with Rangers and will move there in the summer.