El-Sheikh keen on Al Ahly return after Maqassa loan ends
Egypt and Misr El-Maqassa midfielder Ahmed El-Sheikh confirmed that he is eager to return to Al Ahly after his loan ends with Misr El-Maqassa this season.
Al Ahly loanee is currently the Egyptian Premier League top goal-scorer with 13 goals. The Cairo giants signed the starlet in a reported 8.5 million EGP deal before sending him again to El-Maqassa on a one-year-loan.
“I’m not afraid of returning to Al Ahly, I’m not afraid of coach Hossam El-Badry or pressure from the fans or sitting on the bench,” El-Sheikh told DMC TV channel. “I’m surprised that I’m performing well now after not playing for a whole season with Al Ahly. This is what I wanted as I left Al Ahly, I wanted to prove myself and thanks to coach Ehab Galal I was successful.”
The 24-year-old assured that he does not regret moving to Al Ahly even though he would have made more money if he had signed for arch rivals Zamalek. He also responded to news saying that he will only return to the Red Castle if his participation with the team was guaranteed by saying that no player can impose such decisions on any coach in Al Ahly.
“I would like to play abroad, it’s a dream that all players have,” he added. “But with all due respect to clubs in the Gulf area offering me to join them, I would like to play either for Al Ahly, the biggest club in the Middle East, or in Europe,” he also referred to AS Roma’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny as amazing Egyptian examples for playing abroad.
As for his current coach Ehab Galal and the support he gave to him, El-Sheikh said: “When I returned to El-Maqassa Ehab Galal told me that he does not expect me to perform well immediately after one season not getting sufficient game time,” he explained. “He knows exactly how to deal with all players, he is a great coach.”
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