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Celtic target Mahmoud Trezeguet: Al Ahly are my focus, I postponed the idea of going to other clubs
Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ talked to Al Ahly’s official website about his ambitions with the Red Devils and the possibility of moving to Europe next season with the likes of Celtic and Ajax already having offers turned down.
19-year-old midfielder Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’, nicknamed after French striker David Trezeguet for the apparent resemblance, told Al Ahly’s official website of his desire to win a third straight African Champions League title with the Red Devils, the legendary Abou-Treika’s retirement and his dream to eventually play in La Liga.
“I am pleased with my performances [with Al Ahly], thanks God. Of course there is better, I always seek for better,” Trezeguet told the club’s official website.
In order to improve, Trezeguet says he seeks advice from his experienced team-mates: “I seek the advice of both Ahmed Fathi and Hossam Ashour. I ask them about their opinion and how to correct my mistakes.”
“They have great experience in the midfield and they always provide me with advice that make my performance better on the pitch.
“I am still young (19), I have to commit mistakes to learn,” he said.
Trezeguet is a regular starter despite his tender age, so when he was asked whether he would be disappointed if he was benched, he said: “If I am benched because I do not perform well and disobey the instructions of the coaching stuff, I wont be sad; it will only be normal to be benched.”
“If, however, I am benched although I perform well, I will be upset. I always try to be in good physical and tactical form to play and do whatever the coaching stuff demands from me,” he added.
“No one can guarantee his position in Al Ahly and I am well aware of that. Al Ahly have great players and you get a position among them through hard work, concentration and commitment. If any of these factors are lost, you wont find a place for yourself in the starting 11 or even on the bench.
“I know that which is why I always try to remain focused in order to get a position in the starting 11,” Trezeguet concluded.
Regarding his ambitions with Al Ahly, the central midfielder said: “I would like to win the third consecutive African Championship with Al Ahly and then return to the FIFA Club World Cup tournament to give a better performance than last year’s disappointing one.”
“Becoming the best African Player is a personal dream that I would like to achieve. It will need effort to be exerted as this important (African-based) award was won before by Abou-Treika multiple times during the past years.”
Trezeguet has a strong relationship with Egyptian legend Mohamed Abou-Treika. He talked about his retirement and why he chose not to wear his number although he had Treika’s approval: “We all tried especially us (young players) to talk him out of the retirement, he is of great value, not to mention that he helped us when we made it to the first team. He had his mind set though.”
“I have a strong relationship with Abou Treika. I asked him to wear his number ’22’ after his retirement. He agreed but then, I was not able to; Abou-Treika is a great legend, there is no player who can fill the space he left. It is a huge responsibility.
“Abou-Treika left a great gap, even on a personal level. His performance affected the performance of the whole team. It is how life goes and we must respect his wishes. All of us wish him the best future after his retirement,” he said.
It was reported that various European clubs were interested in Trezeguet including Celtic and Ajax, the Egypt U-20 international confirmed: “I have postponed the idea of going to other clubs. My focus now is on Al Ahly and winning the third African Championship in a row. I have received offers from Ajax and Celtic in addition to oral offers from other clubs.”
“These offers can be discussed at the end of the season with Al Ahly,” he added.
Although Trezeguet admitted it would be an honour to play for Celtic, he dreams of one day playing in La Liga: “I am a Madridista, in love with Real Madrid. I wish I could play in La Liga.”
“Cristiano Ronaldo is my favourite player and my role model,” said Trezeguet.
Regarding the National and Olympic teams’ interest, Trezeguet said: “I know that the National team and Olympic team are interested in making me part of them. It is a great responsibility but it also shows that I am on the right track. That is why I should be focused in order not to lose their attention. I always try to have the good opinion of the coaching stuff I am under.”
Finally, commenting on the way football is going in Egypt, the structure of the league and the approaching CAF Champions League, the Ahly starlet said: “The shape of the league (two separate groups) is not important. Having it resumed is more important, unlike the past two years. It will get more competitive with matches.”