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Real Betis director: Amro Tarek has great potential

Amro Tarek Betis

Real Betis sporting director Eduardo Macia commented on the recent signing of Amro Tarek, noticeably impressed with the Egyptian’s ‘great potential’.

Left-back Amro Tarek Abdel Aziz became the first Egyptian to join Real Betis after he signed a four-year deal with the Seville club from El-Gouna on Monday.

On Tuesday, Tarek had to be withdrawn from the second training session of the day due to exhaustion. Amro had been playing Egyptian Premier League matches with El-Gouna up until two weeks before his transfer, and he immediately began training with his new club, which undoubtedly contributed to his fatigue.

Sporting director Eduardo Macia spoke on Amro and what attracted the club’s scouts to the 23-year-old.

“Amro is a player we have known about for a while, even before I came to the club. We knew about him when he was on the Wolfsburg B team. Bundlesliga B teams have a wealth of talent available, and it is easy to attract players of from this league,” Macia remarked.

“When we began to identify transfer targets, [Amro’s] name was one of the first we wrote down and the first that made a good impression,” he continued.

“Amro is a defender who is very strong, fast, and attentive. He knows how to anticipate, and go forward with the ball, so he can play at left-back.”

While seemingly impressed with Tarek’s current ability, Macia raved at his potential. “On the field, he is very focused and attentive. He has a great basis for improvement, with great potential. In the hands of Betis, he will improve and the glass of water will be filled to the fullest,” he concluded.

Amro, who plays as a centre or left-back, has only represented Egypt at the youth level – with one U-20 cap to his name – but has never been called up to the senior squad.

It is worth noting Real Betis have been seeking to bolster their top-flight ambitions next season, and have already completed the signing of Netherlands midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart, while Spanish reports have also linked the Seville-based club to Mohamed Salah.

Beginning his career with Asyut Cement and ENPPI’s youth teams, Abdel-Aziz returned to Egypt following a three-year spell in Germany, where he played for Magdeburg’s U-19 side and both SC Freiburg and Wolfsburg’s second teams, before joining El Gouna on a free transfer in 2013.

Mohaned Ghanem, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Avid supporter of all things Egypt, especially Al Ahly. Gooner.

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