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El-Badry: Ghaly’s departure is a big loss for Al Ahly

Al Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry has confirmed the imminent departure of the Red Devils’ skipper in the summer transfer window.

KingFut revealed earlier this week that Ghaly informed the Red Castle of his decision to join Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr this transfer window after accepting a mega-offer from the club.

Al Ahly, however, announced they wouldn’t discuss the matter until after their Egypt Cup semi-final against Smouha on Wednesday, which saw the Cairo giants earn a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Following the triumph, El-Badry confirmed that the 35-year-old midfielder has requested a transfer to the Riyadh-based side, which he wore their colours back in 2009.

“Ghaly is a big player. I respect him since he was in the youth team,” El-Badry said in an interview with Sada El-Balad satellite channel on Wednesday night.

The former Egypt international appears to be on the verge of leaving his boyhood club as the 57-year-old coach revealed that he tried to keep Ghaly at the Red Castle, but the player insisted to leave. He admitted that the Ghaly’s departure would be a great loss for Al Ahly.

Ghaly, who recently renewed his contract with Al Ahly, will join Al Nassr on a free transfer as the club have not yet registered his contract in the Egyptian Football Association database which makes him free to leave.

“It’s a huge offer and Ghaly wants to go especially that he’ll soon retire from football,” El-Badry added.

The former Feyenoord & Tottenham Hotspur player will pocket a sum of around $850,000 (EGP 15 million) during his one-year contract in Saudi Arabia, which is just above triple of what he makes per year in Egypt.

“Ghaly’s departure is a great loss for us at Al Ahly. It’s definitely in his interest to leave, but not in ours. I’m against his departure but we accepted his request despite needing him,” the former Al Ahly player added.

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