El-Badry: I asked for Ramadan Sobhi, no intention to sell foreign trio
Al Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has admitted that he asked Al Ahly board to bring back Ramadan Sobhi whether on permanent basis or on loan.
Sobhi left Al Ahly for Stoke City in June 2016 but since joining the Potters, the 21-year-old winger is yet to showcase the true talent he demonstrated during his period at Al Ahly.
Sobhi has recently featured in Stoke’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United in the Premier League, a draw which made life more difficult for the relegation battling side.
El-Badry said that a potential Sobhi return is under evaluation and that he wasn’t informed of how things have progressed.
El-Badry also mentioned that he started to list alternative solutions that compensate the departure of Al Ahly playmaker Abdallah El-Said, whom the team have lost on technical level.
“Al Ahly management took the right decisions regarding El-Said’s issue with a lot of cleverness. Everybody knows that Al Ahly never stood over any player.”
The 58-year-old manager stressed that it is possible that he changes the playing formation or look for a direct El-Said replacement, and both solutions are being assessed.
El-Badry also affirmed that Al Ahly have no intention of selling the trio Ali Maaloul, Junior Ajayi and Walid Azarou, confirming that none of them have received any offers and in case any proposals arrive they will be turned down as the team look to keep all their key players during their pursuit of the CAF Champions League.
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