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Adam El-Abd confirms his return to Bristol City
Egypt’s Adam El-Abd has confirmed that his loan with Swindon Town will not be extended, adding that finances are not the reason behind his returning to the Ashton Gate.
The experienced defender returned to Bristol City after his emergency loan with Swindon Town has came to end, despite the claims by Swindon Town chairman Lee Power that they had agreed a verbal deal to keep El-Abd until the end of the season.
“The verbal agreement has been in place since Rochdale in the FA Cup (in November). If I played in that game, I would stay for the rest of the season,” Adam told Swindon Advertiser.
“For some reason, it hasn’t worked out that way and whatever the reasons are, I know that it is not financial. I would have loved to have stayed for the rest of season, but I don’t think that will be possible now.”
Adam El-Abd joined the League One side Swindon Town last October on emergency loan after struggling to break into Steve Cotterill’s side.
“I’m not sure what the future holds for me. I have got 18 months left on my contract at Bristol, so we will see what happens,” The Egyptian international added.
El-Abd, who has featured only seven times for Egypt, has paid tribute to the Swindon Town fans and the club’s board, adding that he enjoyed the style of football under Martin Ling.
“The fans were fantastic, the greeting they gave was special and the way they get behind the team is superb. There are some really good people at the club and I’m so pleased that I got the chance to meet them.”
“I really enjoyed my time at Swindon, they have a good, nice way of playing, a nice philosophy and it was a nice dressing room to be a part of.
“I also got on well with the chairman (Lee Power) – it is just a shame that it hasn’t worked out the way it was supposed to for one reason or another.”
Bristol City are currently 22nd in the Championship after 25 games and will have to turn things around if they want to avoid relegation this season.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion player has joined the Robins in January 2014 on a three-and-a-half year deal, but has found regular football hard to come by as he only made 20 appearances for the club since.