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Mohamed Ibrahim: My time in Portugal has ended
Ibrahim joined the Portuguese side just last summer but looks to have come to a realisation that he can not continue playing in Portugal.
Amidst several rumours about Ibrahim wanting to leave, while Zamalek president’s son Ahmed Mortada Mansour stated that Marítimo have not yet paid the Whites Mohamed’s transfer fee, and with the club now wanting the player back, Ibrahim has come out to confirm his position.
“My journey in Portugal has come to an end even though I have been playing well with the team, but certain circumstances have occurred that I will refrain from speaking about at the moment,” Ibrahim said.
“My decision has not come because of my fiancé or anyone else. I’m not a kid so that my decision gets affected by such things.
“There are a lot of stuff that I will reveal at the right time and again, whoever says that my decision is based on my fiancé’s wish for me to return to Egypt is a liar,” he added.
Zamalek, who have signed 17 players over the summer, would seem that they’re the only club Mohamed can return to in Egypt as the Whites reportedly inserted a two-and-a-half million Euro clause that any Egyptian club would have to pay if they wanted to sign him from Marítimo.
Regarding his next destination, Ibrahim said: “I have spoken to Mortada Mansour, his son and Ahmed Soliman. Everyone is welcoming me back.
“Hossam Hassan wants me to join his team (Ittihad of Alexandria) but I have to sit down with Zamalek’s board first, then decide what’s going to happen.
“Marítimo have no yet paid my transfer fee to Zamalek and I have informed them that I can not continue at the club,” Ibrahim concluded.
Meanwhile, Marítimo president Carlos Pereira expressed his ‘disappointment’ with Mohamed Ibrahim’s decision, as reported by Portugal newspaper Record.
“Ever since he started going to the café with certain people, his behaviour changed,” said Pereira, before adding that Ibrahim “has expressed his desire to leave.”
“We’ve informed Zamalek and the player’s agents,” the club president concluded, referring to the 40% of his ownership that belongs to the Egyptian club.
Ibrahim would not be the only player set to return from Portugal, as Sporting Lisbon’s Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’, who has been missing from the club since September is also set to leave, reportedly back to Zamalek.