Elmohamady targets Premier League promotion, dreams of World Cup
Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady has demonstrated his desire to seal promotion to the Premier League with Aston Villa, describing the English Championship as one of the strongest leagues in Europe.
Elmohamady joined Aston Villa in the preceding summer transfer window, following the relegation of Hull City from the Premier League last term.
The 30-year-old participated in 43 games for the Villans in the Championship this season and contributed in their bid for promotion next season. Aston Villa hold the fourth place in the English second division competition and will kick-off the play-off promotion battle against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
“I got promoted twice with Hull in the past, once through automatic promotion and once through the play-offs and hopefully I seal the hat-trick this time,” Elmohamady told Sport360.com.
“A club can finish third, just one point off second place and automatic promotion and lose out to a team that finished sixth and made it through the play-offs. But that’s the great thing about it and that’s the beauty of the Championship. I see it as one of the strongest leagues in Europe, it’s stronger than many leagues in Europe. It has huge players as well.”
“We can see one of the greatest defenders of all time like John Terry playing with us in the Championship. That just shows you how strong the Championship is. Hopefully we’ll make it through the play-offs and we make our fans happy. It would be great if we make it back to the Premier League.”
The former ENPPI right back was a member of the Egypt squad that made it to the World Cup for the first time since 1990 and he confessed that he has been dreaming about that since the moment they sealed qualification.
“We’ve been thinking about the World Cup since we qualified. But we are still currently with our clubs and we have a mission to complete. I have play-offs with my club, there’s also Champions League, many of us have something to finish with our respective clubs before we shift our focus to the World Cup.”
“The play-offs are very important to us and the club. Aston Villa is a big club in England that has a huge fan-base and a big stadium. We have a chance in the play-offs, God help us in the two games before the final so we can bring the team back to the Premier League,” he concluded.
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