Hussein El-Shahat claims he turned down an offer from Pyramids
El-Shahat joined the UAE side from Egyptian Premier League side Misr El-Makassa on a six-month loan deal before making his move permanent in March. He helped his team win the domestic double and managed seven goals and 11 assists in the UAE Gulf League last season.
Before completing his move to Al Ain, El-Shahat was linked with a move to Cairo giants Al Ahly but the Red Castle failed in their bid to land the player from El-Makassa. The 26-year-old wide man revealed he is still looking to fulfill his dream and play at Al Ahly.
“I received a tempting offer from Pyramids, better than what I get with Al Ain,” El-Shahat told Sada El Balad satellite channel.
“Pyramids will be a strong team that will compete with Al Ahly, Zamalek and Ismaily but each player has a different ambition.”
Pyramids, which was recently acquired by chairman of Saudi Sports Authority Turki Al Sheikh, have announced the signing of a number of players including Brazilian duo Lucas Ribamar, Marcos da Silva França ‘Keno’ and Syria international defender Omar Midani and appointed Brazilian manager Alberto Valentim at the helm of the team.
“Playing for Al Ahly will remain my dream, with Pyramids I would get my salary in dollars while living in Egypt.
“But I do not think about money, I’m trying to win championships during my playing time, just as I won the league and cup with Al Ain, and I will seek to repeat this throughout my contract for three years.”
El-Shahat, who was seen in the stands supporting the Red Devils on various occasions, stressed that he’s an Al Ahly fan.
“I attended matches at the Arab Championship last year, I also attended Hossam Ghaly’s farewell match and I went down to the pitch and shook hands with club president Mahmoud El-Khatib, my teammates and my friends,” he added.
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