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19-year-old Egyptian central midfielder Saleh Gomaa has been on two consecutive one-week trials in Europe this month with Anderlecht and Borussia Dortmund, ahead of a potential summer transfer from Egyptian side ENPPI.
Gomaa, who won the MVP at the 2013 African Youth Championship in March, told former Egypt national team media officer AbdulRahman Magdy on Al Kahera Wal Nas TV: “I had a very good week in Germany with Borussia Dortmund. I benefited a lot especially since the team is training for the Champions League final.”
“All the players were friendly and welcoming to me even though they were training for a final. Even Jürgen Klopp spoke very well with me and gave me instructions.
“Klopp is a very respectful manager. The players deal with him more like a brother rather than a coach.
“Borussia Dortmund don’t usually bring in players on trial. I might be the only player to have a trial at the club in a year or a year and a half, which is an honour for me.
“They have a scout who watched me in the [U20] African Cup of Nations tournament and then they sent me an invitation for a trial at the club.
On Nuri Şahin, who rejoined Dortmund this year on loan from Real Madrid, Gomaa said: “When I first entered the club he was the only player in the dressing room, so we talked. When he knew I was from Egypt he said he’s very good friends with Mohamed Zidan and also likes Mohamed Abou-Treika a lot. He’s a very respectable character.”
“The cameramen filming the training thought I was a youth player promoted to the first team,” he added.
Gomaa also spoke about the special treatment he received from Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp, “During training sessions, he was giving instructions in German while talking to the players, but between the intervals he gave me directions in English.”
“When I first arrived he [Klopp] stood up to welcome me. He talked about Zidan and said, ‘I hope you become like Mohamed Zidan, who I coached at Mainz and here. He’s a good player.’ In the end, before I traveled he [Klopp] said, ‘I’m happy with you and hopefully you’ll be with us [next season]’.
“My agent will be sitting with Borussia Dortmund and Anderlecht and discuss all the details. Nothing is confirmed at the moment.”
Dortmund, who recently lost the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich, will clash again with the German giants one week from now in the UEFA Champions League final.
Gomaa will likely be the heart of Egypt’s midfield when they join Chile, England and Iraq in Group E of the U-20 World Cup in Turkey this June.