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Shikabala: I don’t want to return to Zamalek


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’s Egyptian winger Mahmoud revealed his desire to continue playing abroad and not to return to Zamalek after his loan with Saudi Arabian outfit.

The former Zamalek star said before that he had to leave the White Castle as he believed it was the only way he could join the national team and adds that he does not want to return after his loan spell ends.

“My contract with Al Raed ends by the end of the season and then I should go back to Zamalek,” he told CBC TV channel in an interview. “But I don’t want to go back to Zamalek as I aim to continue playing abroad.”

Since moving to Saudi Arabia, Shikabala played a total of 20 matches with Al Raed scoring eight matches and made two assists.

“I currently don’t know where my next step will be but all I know is that I don’t want to return to Zamalek,” Shika added.

The  youth product played before for Greek giants PAOK from 2005 to 2007 before returning to the White Castle. He then left again and joined Al Wasl on a loan spell and later joined Portugal’s Sporting CP in early 2014 for less than a year.

“Mohamed Salah opened the door to a number of players to start a career abroad, he made European clubs shift their eyes to Egypt,” Shika explained. “Ramadan Sobhi, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr all of these players went abroad because of what Salah did.”

When asked about Egypt’s chances in the World Cup in Russia, the 32-year-old said that players will make the country proud but fans have to support the team.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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