Ahly's management have played down reports of signing Zamalek's former winger Mahmoud "Kahraba" Abdel-Moneim
, confirming that the Red Devils Swiss coach Rene Weiler did not ask to sign the player next January.
Egyptian media reported last week that the Egypt national team and current Das Aves of Portugal player was on the verge of wearing Ahly's jersey when the winter transfer window reopens.
"Kahraba is a good player but we never contacted him," Ahly's Marketing and Football Contracts Director Amir Tawfik told a television programme late on Saturday.
"We didn't negotiate with Kahraba, all that's been reported about signing the player is false," Tawfik said.
Kahraba sparked controversy after opting to unilaterally terminate his contract with Zamalek to move to Aves in the close season.
The 25-year-old claimed that his contract was not valid and that it had already run out. Zamalek, however, said the player had signed an extension and could not leave without the club's consent.
"If we intended to speak with Kahraba to sign him we would first negotiate with his Portuguese club and may open talks with other parties involved in the negotiations, but nothing has happened so far," Tawfik said.
"[Ahly coach] Rene Weiler did not ask to sign Kahraba in January since the coach has not yet determined his needs."
Kahraba is known for his silky moves and catchy feints down the flank as well as his goal-scoring abilities, but he is often criticised for failing to live up to his potential due to his disciplinary problems.
He had brief and unsuccessful spells in European football with Swiss duo Luzern and Grasshopper.
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