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Slutsky: We wanted to keep Elmohamady at Hull City

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Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky stated that he intended to keep Egyptian international Ahmed Elmohamady with the Tigers before he joined Aston Villa.

The 29-year-old joined the Villans last months on £1m fee on a three-year deal after spending five years at Hull’s KCOM Stadium to reunite with former boss Steve Bruce.

Following the relegation from the Premier League after finishing in the 18th place, Hull City failed to keep Elmohamady in their squad as the player’s decision was to leave.

In his first pre-season conference, Slutsky stated that Hull City has moved on after Elmohamady’s departure and that he intended to keep him in his squad; yet the Egyptian decided to leave.

“I wanted to keep everybody,” said Slutsky. “It’s very important when you have a good team, a good squad and only have to buy some new players. That’s easier than when you change 10 players in the team.

“It was his choice and I must respect his choice. I don’t have time to be disappointed now, sorry. I have other players and I believe in them all. He played in our team for some years and I can wish him all the best.”

Elmohamady is set to face his former team Hull City in the first Championship game of the season that is set to take place on August 5.

A pre-med student majoring in applied kinesiology at Rutgers University, Reporter at KingFut and a devoted Real Madrid fan.

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