EXCLUSIVE: Ali Fathy & Mahmoud Ezzat speak to KingFut following Nacional transfers
After signing for CD Nacional earlier on Saturday, both Arab Contractors defenders Ali Fathy and Mahmoud Ezzat shared their thoughts on their upcoming challenge in Portugal.
Speaking to KingFut.com‘s Marwan Ahmed, Ali Fathy spoke about the challenges lying ahead as he will be participating in the UEFA Europa League with Nacional, amongst several other competitions, and why he chose the Portuguese side over other Egyptian clubs.
Ali Fathy – Europa League excitement
“I’m really happy as Nacional are a big team and there is an advantage that they’ll be participating in the Europa League, and of course with all due respect to every Egyptian club, to play in the Europa League with very good teams, this will add to me and will be a good step in my career,” Fathy declared.
When asked whether he thought about playing for a bigger team in the Egyptian League, Ali said: “There were some negotiations with the president [Sherif Habib], but with all due respect to every Egyptian team, in comparison to Europe that’s another different dream.”
Mahmoud Ezzat – Motivated by Salah’s example
Centre-back Mahmoud Ezzat, who was a long-term target for Al Ahly, spoke of his preference to move to Europe over the Cairo giants after being advised by the Arab Contractors president Habib, and explained how the success of Mohamed Salah is motivation for him.
“A step like Nacional Madeira is a good step for me and a big transition in such little time, and this depends on the person himself if he’s ready for such a step. Like we have seen with Mohamed Salah, in one-and-a-half years he moved from Arab Contractors who were battling relegation to Chelsea, so this depends on the person himself and I will give my best and the rest is in God’s hands.
Regarding Al Ahly’s deal that fell through, Ezzat said: “I can’t say that the deal was a failure as the president [Sherif Habib] always told me that he didn’t want me staying in Egypt in the coming period. He had two other successful experiences in Salah and Mohamed El-Nenny and so he sees that I have what it takes to play in Europe.
“He was always talking to me and telling me to be patient and that a good chance will arrive and thank God it finally has,” Ezzat concluded.
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