Emad Meteb lifts the lid over speculation on coming out of retirement
Former Al Ahly talisman Emad Meteb has refuted claims he has decided to come out of retirement to play in Austria, insisting that he still hasn’t taken a decision regarding the matter.
Meteb hung up his boots announced his retirement from football at the age of 35 back in July of this year, explaining that he was forced into taking this decision by Al Ahly former manager Hossam El-Badry.
The owner Austrian fourth-tier FC Mauerwerk Mostafa El-Nemr said in radio comments that he is interested in signing Meteb if the former national team striker is willing to return to football.
“I would like to thank Mostafa El-Nemr and Hassan Shehata [Mauerwerk’s current technical consultant] for their confidence in me, but I have taken the decision to retire which was a very tough decision for me because I was forced into taking it,” Meteb told ON Sport.
“I wanted to continue playing but only at Al Ahly in Egypt. I would have resumed playing if I had received offers from foreign clubs. When I received a call regarding the Austrian offer I decided to take my time to consider.”
The former Egypt international has been working as a pundit for ON Sport TV since his retirement in July.
“Firstly, I am bound by a contract which I respect with ON Network. Also I need to see if I am ready to return to return to play again from a psychological and technical perspective. I am already training to be ready for my retirement match and also to remain in shape. But in case I came out of retirement training will be totally different.”
“At the end of the day this is all talk, I have yet to receive a formal offer [from Mauerwerk]. The club president invited me and my agent to visit the club in the beginning of November to get to know the atmosphere there.”
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