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VIDEO: Smouha president claims PSG enter race for Basel target Hamoudi
In what could prove to be a strange twist of events, Smouha president Farag Amer told Abu Dhabi Sports TV channel prior to the 2014 Egypt Cup final on Saturday that Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race for Ahmed Hamoudi.
Amer released a statement about Hamoudi’s transfer to FC Basel earlier this week through Smouha’s official website, mentioning that all terms have been agreed with the Swiss champions and only the medical remains.
FC Basel’s delegate were also reportedly present at the Air Defense Stadium to watch Ahmed Hamoudi against Zamalek in the cup final.
“I’ve got some news for you that no one in Egypt knows yet,” said chairman Farag Amer prior to the match.
“PSG has joined as a strong candidate to sign Hamoudi.
“Former Smouha manager Patrice Neveu called me – who managed Hamoudi when he was coming through the ranks – and said that PSG’s manager was interested to know more about Hamoudi as they’ve seen the things he’s done.
“He did not yet sign with Basel. He’s supposed to travel in 3-4 days but he’s applied for the visa and Basel have accepted all of Smouha’s demands,” Amer confirmed.
“We are only interested in selling the player to a club abroad as he won’t find the nurturing he needs in any local club.
“We are the best at we do from all aspects, Hamoudi playing for a European club is considered a step forward for Egyptian football,” Amer concluded.
The 23-year-old has been linked to multiple European clubs since his breakthrough in Egypt, including Switzerland’s Young Boys and Portugal’s Sporting Braga, but all talks collapsed prior to Basel’s tempting offer.
Hamoudi has been producing a fine string of performances for Smouha in the past 2 seasons; scoring 9 and assisting as many goals in 32 appearances for the Alexandria-based club.
The left-footed attacking midfielder has been a pivotal player in Smouha’s starting eleven in this historical season which saw the club almost winning the league in a campaign that would not have existed if not for the cancellation of relegation during the 2010/2011 season.
Recognised as one of the best in Egypt, the Egyptian star is known for his brilliant dribbling, incredible speed and unique creativity, skills that if trained well would create a cornerstone for the Egyptian national team in the coming years.
Egyptian clubs have been shipping their promising youngsters abroad in recent years, a mentality that would definitely benefit both the player and Egyptian football. An example of that is former Arab Contractors duo Ezzat and Fathi, who now play alongside their countrymen Ghazal and Saleh Gomaa, as well as Hossam Hassan and Marwan Mohsen‘s moves to Gil Vicente.
After Salah’s successful years in Basel and his huge move to Chelsea – a player that Zamalek stated wasn’t ready to be a White Knight – European clubs finally recognised Egypt as source for young talents, who if received the proper training, would mould into stars with the correct professional attitude.