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Mortada Mansour: Soliman is delusional
The former Egyptian national team goalkeeping coach – who resigned after a dispute with Mansour -was reportedly the main man behind the Whites’ transfer spree in the summer, however the former has rubbished such claims.
“Ahmed Soliman resigned five times in the past and none of the board members intervened to convince him to do otherwise,” he said.
“Soliman is delusional, he thinks he was the sole reason behind the players that came in the summer, but let me clarify the case.
“I personally contacted former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim to get the approval to sign Khaled Kamar, Ahmed Dweidar and Moruf Yusuf.
“I was also the one who contacted Major General Magdy Louzy – Tala’a El-Gaish’s club president – to sign Ayman Hefny.
“In fact I also took advantage of my friendship with [Al Masry president] Yasser Yehia’s legal consultant to acquire the services of Egypt’s number one goalkeeper, Ahmed El-Shennawy.
“As for [former Ittihad of Alexandria defender] Ali Gabr and [former Smouha midfielder] Tarek Hamed, I was the one who opened negotiations with Ittihad chairman Dr. [Mahmoud] Mashaly – and Smouha president Farag Amer, to acquire the players’ services.
“Once I finalised the agreement with the club officials and the players, only then would I ask Soliman for their signatures.”
Mortada Mansour then went on to state that Soliman could’ve resulted in the breakdown of negotiations between the Whites and Dakhleya over current Egypt U-23 and Zamalek left-back Ahmed Samir.
He continued: “Soliman had personally negotiated with Ahmed Samir but these negotiations nearly failed, and the player was close to moving to a German team; however, I intervened and successfully signed him.”