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Mohamed Radwan to KingFut: Egyptian clubs should follow Arab Contractors footsteps
Speaking exclusively to KingFut.com editor Marwan Ahmed, Radwan gave his thoughts about his and the club’s initial reaction to the offers submitted by Nacional for Fathy and Ezzat.
“My reaction has been clear as I’ve always stated it from the start of this season and the past seasons. Any offer from Europe for any of our boys, I give them my blessings and backing in the best way possible,” said Radwan.
“Of course it is a loss for me as a manager and Arab Contractors as they are special players. They will make a difference with the team [their loss] in a big way but you have to make sacrifices not only for the club, but for Egypt too.
“But of course that will be of benefit for the players. They will play at a higher level, their level of football will increase and of course this will be of benefit for the Egyptian national team and this is how we are repaying Egypt, through those players.
“Our roles and our duty is that when a player gets a real chance to go abroad in Europe that we help in the biggest way possible and like we were able to let go of Mohamed Salah and Mohamed El-Nenny and the club did not get affected much because we have a group of younger players coming through on the highest levels.
“If we kept Mohamed Salah and El-Nenny, they might’ve not made it to where they are now so we give chances in the biggest way and thankfully the board is very understanding of the situation that we are in and Egypt is understanding.
“I wish that all the clubs in Egypt walk through the footsteps of Arab Contractors because we really do serve Egypt by letting our players play abroad and if there is any effect on the team by it, we will give our all to amend the situation,” Radwan declared.
In addition to Ezzat and Fathy’s departure, Arab Contractors lost three of their most important players [Mohamed Rizk, Mohamed Farouk and Bassem Ali] to Al Ahly.
When asked if youth product was the way which the club was headed in regards to filling the gaps by the players leaving, or by buying players from other clubs, the Contractors manager said: “Of course the bone structure stays the same but we have to reinforce the team.”
“You can’t have a team built only on youth or a team built solely on experience, there should be a mixture of both. Thankfully we have the youth at the club and there are many experienced players in the league.
“We are following more that one player and hopefully this will be a good season for the club,” Radwan concluded.