Karim Hafez speaks about his future at Lens
Karim Hafez has spoken about winning the’Player of the Month’ award vote by Lens fans, his goal to start for Egypt and his future with Lens.
The 21-year-old defender was one of the club’s stand-out performers of October. He recorded two goals and one assist. Along with his performance, the club have enjoyed a good form over the last few matches.
RC Lens have lost only once in the last five matches. This has seen the club rise to 18th, a relegation playoff spot, in the French Ligue 2 having played one match less out of the 15 rounds that have been played so far.
Hafez’s good show has not gone unnoticed as he has received praise for his offensive abilities.
The Egyptian leftback sat down with MadeInLens and gave his account of how things are going.
“It’s a pleasure for me to be voted player of the month because it values my work and what I do. It gives me a lot of motivation, the desire to be the best on the field, it also gives me strength to help the team and the club, that’s what I want,” Hafez said.
“Two goals and one assist, I’m very happy. I would like to help the team even more, work more for the club and myself, go higher.The situation is difficult but we are working with the coach and we still have 4 matches in the first leg, we will try to do our best, win these 4 games and take 12 points. And I would like us to start the return phase better than the first phase.”
Hafez joined Lens in 2016 on loan from Lierse S.K., and had the deal renewed for a second season. He described the Lens fans as incredible and said he was “happy” to play in front of them.
“I love this club, the fans, I like everything here. It’s a big club. I wish we had been promoted last season, but it’s football and we learn a lot. I’m still young so I learn a lot in football, I have time! But yes, I like this club.
While professing his love for the French team, Hafez admitted that his future at the club isn’t crystal clear.
“I do not know yet, I’m ready this year so we’ll see… I would like to go up to Ligue 1 with Lens, but in this situation it’s very difficult. I have to do my best this season, and we’ll see what happens next season.”
The youngster, who was part of Egypt’s final 2018 World Cup qualifier match, mentioned that he would work hard to be in the Pharaohs’ starting line up.
“We played against Ghana and I played the whole game, which ended in a 1-1 draw. It was the last qualifying match. Now, I will try to work very hard to secure a place in the starting line-up.”
RC Lens next play Niort in the French Ligue 2 on Monday. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 9.45pm CLT.
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