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Amro Tarek: I didn’t have any doubts about joining Columbus Crew
Columbus Crew coach Gregg Berhalter praised Amro Tarek after the club announced his signing on loan from Real Betis, while the Egyptian defender expressed his excitement over moving to the United States.
Columbus Crew have announced the loan signing of former El-Gouna defender Amro Tarek Abdel-Aziz on Wednesday night.
Tarek had been struggling for playing time at Real Betis as he did not made a single appearance for the Spanish side since his move from El-Gouna last summer, after a string of impressive performances in the Egyptian Premier League.
Betis announced the move on Tuesday morning, and KingFut understands the 23-year-old Egyptian will travel to the US on February 8th.
Amro brings depth and talent to Columbus
Columbus Crew sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter showed his satisfaction after the signing, telling the club’s official website: “Amro is a young player, but he brings a lot of experience at the professional level.”
The Crew boss added how impressed he was with Tarek’s development through the different clubs: “He has displayed a good developmental path over the course of his career by virtue of playing at several quality clubs.”
“We believe he is going to help bring depth and talent to our backline,” he added.
Tarek excited for US return
The Los Angeles-born Egyptian expressed his excitement over moving to the US: “I’m so excited about America, especially because I was born there but never lived there. I’m really happy about it,” he told the club’s official website.
“In school, when they always asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I always said I wanted to be a football player and all the other students said, ‘I want to be a doctor or an engineer,’ or something like this. I really never thought about something else.
Amro Tarek started his professional career in Germany playing for youth sides of FC Magdeburg and SC Freiburg before making an impressive twenty appearances for Wolfsburg II.
The Egyptian then returned to Egypt to play for El-Gouna, after an impressive season in the Egyptian Premier League he earned a move to La Liga team Real Betis.
On already playing in three different countries at this stage of his career, Amro said: “In these three countries, they are completely different. I hope that I learned the best thing from every country and that I can become a better player.”
“I can see now that the MLS is getting stronger and the League is really going up and it attracts a lot of professional football players in Europe,” he said. “So when I had the chance to come to Columbus Crew SC, I didn’t have any doubts about it. I just accepted right away.”
“Any player, when you move to a new club, expectations are very high and very big,” he said. “Really I’m trying to do my best to help the team and to play as many games as possible and [hope] that we are getting good results.”