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Marcos Paquetá close to becoming Zamalek manager

Brazilian manager  is close to take over as Zamalek new manager following the departure of former manager Jesualdo Ferreira.

Paquetá is the closest candidate to manage the Egyptian Champions as negotiations reached an advanced stage with the White Castle administration.

The Brazilian has already agreed to manage the club but is still pending finalizing the details of the deal and the official signing of the contract.

“I received a serious offer from Zamalek to manage the team and I have initially agreed to it. The deal is not completed yet. We are now in talks about my potential assistants,” Paquetá told Qatari website El Kass on Tuesday.

Arch-rivals Al Ahly were also considering Paquetá before going for Portuguese manager José Peseiro.

Qatari side Al Gharafa have mutually terminated the contract of Paquetá in April, after a run of poor results.

The 57-year-old was at the helm of the Saudi national team during the 2006 World Cup. In 2003, he won the U-17 World Championship and the U-20 World Championship with the Brazilian team.

According to various reports, Zamalek were considering two other managers along with Paquetá: Brazilian Paulo Campos and Romanian Laurentiu Reghecampf, while board member Ahmed Mortada Mansour claimed that former Tottenham and Hamburg manager Martin Jol is also a candidate.

Zamalek are looking to appoint a new manager after Ferreira decided to unilaterally cancel his contract with the club.

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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