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Elmohamady: I hope to emulate Giggs, Salah needs time
Elmohamady featured in Hull City’s FA Cup final loss against Arsenal as well as the Tigers’ defeat at Manchester United earlier this month, who were managed by Ryan Giggs following David Moyes’ sacking.
When asked if ‘Elmo’ had talked to Giggs following the match, he replied: “There was no dialogue between us but it was an honor for me to participate in a match where he featured for the last time, while being a manager at the same time.”
“When you play in games like these, you always remember them later on and the people will talk about the last match he played; so it is an honor for me to have played against a legend like Ryan Giggs, who is one of the players that featured the most in the Premier League, Manchester United, and one of the biggest players in the English league.
“Of course, I would like to wish him the best in his coming mission as a manager. He’s taking on a new challenge, a new step in his life which has to be a difficult period.
“It will be a tough challenge for him, but he isn’t someone that’s not attached to the club, he’s one of the ‘children of the club’.
“Everyone is right behind him and I witnessed that after the match where everyone was calling his name.
“This is an example for us small players. In England they idolize this man, call him a ‘legend’. The man is an example for every small player that he is 40 years old and still plays for a big club like Manchester United, still playing in the Champions League.
“I hope to emulate him and play in the English Premier League till I’m 40-years-old like him.
Salah’s move to Chelsea
When asked about Salah and his move to Chelsea, Elmohamady had some encouraging words for the Blues attacker.
“Of course we all know that Salah is a good player, a player on the highest level. Maybe the last six months he didn’t take his chance the way people expected him to but I know that he’s still young.
“He moved to the toughest league in the world. I talked to him during our last national team camp and told him that he had just moved to the toughest league in the world, with one of the best clubs in England. A club that was fighting on all fronts when he moved.
“So of course the manager won’t keep changing players. The ones that were there [during the team’s successive good results] are the ones the will play but I told him that his chance will come but it’s important that when this chance comes he must grasp it.
“Starting from next season Salah will participate in the club’s pre-season training so this will make a difference for him.
“I believe he will be a much better player starting next season,” Elmohamady concluded.
It is worth noting that Elmo was chosen by Egypt coach Gharib as one of the seven players abroad called up for the national team for the friendlies against Chile and Jamaica.