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Steve Bruce explains reason for benching Ahmed Elmohamady
Steve Bruce has spoken about the reason behind benching Ahmed Elmohamady for the last two games.
Prior to the last two games Ahmed Elmohamady had amassed 100 consecutive league starts for Hull City dating back to July 2013.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce explained that the Egypt international had not started the last two games due to a dip in form after relegation to the Championship.
He told Hull Daily Mail, “For me, he’s been short of what we’re used to seeing. He accepted that and he’s getting on with it.”
Bruce added, “He was disappointed to miss the Cardiff game but he understood. He’s a sensitive lad and the stuff in the newspapers, even this week, has had an effect. It hasn’t happened for him and I’m sure in his own mind he thought maybe it was going to happen.”
It was believed that Ahmed Elmohamady wanted to stay in the Premier League and that there was interest from other clubs. Bruce spoke about it saying, “I said from the moment we got relegated that I would not deny anyone a move back to the Premier League so long as it was right for the club. We never had a bid for him so now he’s got to knuckle down and get on with it.”
It is also worth noting that Ahmed Elmohamady’s contract runs out at the end of the season and Hull City are keen on negotiating a new contract with the player.