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Hany Ramzy: Salah, Elneny paved the way for Ramadan Sobhi’s transfer


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Former Egypt defender Hany Ramzy believes the success of and paved the way for ’s transfer to Stoke City.

The English Premier League side announced last week the signing of Egypt international winger Ramadan Sobhi from Egyptian side Al Ahly. The 19-year-old previously said he hopes to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Salah and Elneny, who play for AS Roma and Arsenal respectively.

“If it weren’t for Salah and Elneny, Ramadan Sobhi wouldn’t have moved to Europe. The success of Salah and Elneny paved the way for more Egyptian players to move to Europe.

“Ramadan Sobhi’s transfer to Stoke City is an important step for Egyptian football,” said Ramzy.

Since completing his transfer to Stoke City, Sobhi has been repeatedly praised by fellow Egyptian footballers, with former Tottenham striker Ahmed Hossam Mido describing him as “the best young player” he has seen in years.

“He’s an outstanding player. Ramadan will improve and develop, due to the fast-paced nature of the Premier League,” Ramzy said.

Ramzy, who played for Werder Bremen in the 1990s, passed along his advice to Sobhi, urging the young Egyptian winger to learn English quickly and avoid creating problems on or off the pitch.

“It’s important to leave a good first impression during the first season,” Ramzy added.

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