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Hany Said: I’m staying at Zamalek, Shikabala should’ve waited
In an interview with KingFut’s Abdelrahman Taera, Zamalek SC player Hany Said confirmed his intentions to remain with the Whites, and shed some light on the issues surrounding the club.
Amidst ongoing rumors of a Hany Said-Hossam Hassan swap, the player completely rejected such claims, telling KingFut.com: “Nothing is true about this.”
When asked about Zamalek’s position in the league and the recent loss to group contenders Ismaily, Said responded: “We played three matches winning twice and drawing once. Regarding the Ismaily match, all the players had an ‘off day’ and as we know the level of football in Egypt is low at the moment.”
As many critics have identified some gaps in Zamalek’s squad, the need for reinforcements seemed inevitable with the Whites’ recent acquirement of Omar Gamal on a free, Said commented: “Any player would be considered an addition to the team. The Omar Gamal situation was quite weird as one moment it’s going through, the other it’s not. The move was halted basically on financial issues. It’s a good move nonetheless.”
Zamalek are known to have been in a financial crisis for quite sometime with several star players threatening to leave the club in case they’re not payed, most recently star-man Shikabala and the recently departed Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malik. Said: “All clubs [in Egypt] are facing financial problems but the issue is that Zamalek have been having them for 3-4 years and at the same time every player has responsibilities and families to feed.”
Shika should’ve waited, I’m happy at the club
Regarding the Shikabala dilemma, Said commented: “Shikabala should’ve waited a little because he was raised in the club and as we all know there is a strong bond between him and the fans.”
Hany Said was bought in 2011 from Al Masry on the basis of being a center-back but found himself playing as a holding midfielder. Said said: “I like playing in midfield as I used to play in that position when I was little. I get more contact with the ball and I’m able to make more effort. During my time at Dhofar, I played in midfield and Helmy Toulan plays me there so I’m happy.”
At the end of the interview, when asked if there were any offers from Zamalek to renew his contract, Hany responded: “Currently there are no offers on the table but there are indeed friendly calls from Ayman Younes and of course I wish to renew my contract with a big club like Zamalek.”