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INTERVIEW: CD Nacional midfielder Aly Ghazal
23-year-old defensive midfielder Aly Ghazal has been showing huge improvement this season, and attracting interest from all over Europe. Mohamed Osama sat down with Aly for a chat about his current form, offers he’s received, as well other topics.
Good morning Aly, how have you been?
Great! Thank you, hope you are doing well too.
Let’s get straight to the hot topic, what offers did you receive during this previous transfer window?
None. I received no official offers. There were only talks with the club and my ex-agents.
What about being heavily linked with Turkish giants Galatasaray before the transfer window was shut?
Galatasaray were so focused on selling Felipe Melo, they did not even have time to replace him. The move simply did not go through nor was an official offer made.
So what club where you closest to joining?
Hamburg. The problem is that I’m dealing with amateur agents who ruined any chance of me leaving Nacional. I do not have an agent at the moment nor am I in contact with one.
What’s your plan now, Aly?
I have a contract here at Nacional that ends in two seasons. I’ll work on improving as always to earn myself a move in January or even later on.
Any specific league you’d prefer to move to?
It’s no secret that every player on the planet would love to move to England’s Premier League. However, I don’t think I’m at this point in my career yet. The Bundesliga or Serie A are my current goals now.
What are your thoughts on the huge numbers of Egyptians returning to Egypt?
It’s a terrible phenomenon, it will affect all Egyptian players because they all returned after an extremely short period abroad. Some players did not even complete two months with their new clubs. However, players who already built their names here won’t be affected as Salah, Elmohamady, El-Nenny and myself. It will be tougher to earn a move away from Egypt to Europe.
Will you ever consider moving back to Egypt?
No. Not to belittle the act of returning to Egypt but as long as I’m doing great here, why would I return? Most the players who moved back had problems over here except Saleh Gomaa, who returned for reasons I am unaware of.
How do you perceive the sports scene in Egypt?
As you already know, the media in Egypt is mainly divided to two parts, Ahly supporters and Zamalek supporters. If you play for Al Ahly you’ll be praised by the first, if you play for Zamalek you’ll receive support from the second, if you play in neither, you need to score tons of goals and perform a a very high level to be worthy of coverage. If Salah left to Europe and did not preform highly he would not receive any coverage at all. Here in Portugal I’m a hot topic for media.
What do you think of KingFut and its role in shining light on Egyptian sports professionals?
Mashaa-Allah (Arabic expression that roughly translates to ‘God’s great will’). Any interview I do with KingFut arrives here and becomes the talk of the media almost immediately. People here know King Fut well and use King Fut as one of their news source. Keep up the good work, guys.
How happy are you with your development?
I am never happy with where I am; I am always working to improve in every aspect of the game. Didn’t you see my FIFA Ultimate Team new card rating? You mentioned me (chuckles).
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) September 6, 2015
Last question, do you miss Saleh?
Of course! I miss him a lot; we always went out together and he was always by my side. He was a joker in the dressing room too!
Thanks Aly and, as always, looking forward to our next sit-down!
No problem Osama, and I wish you the best of luck!
King Fut would like to thank Aly Ghazal for his time and wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season.