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Ahly deny interest in Algeria's Bougherra

The Cairo giants are not interested in Algeria's skipper Madjid Bougherra, says club's football director Wael Gomaa

Mohamad Mosselhi, Sunday 3 Aug 2014
Madjid Bougherra
Algeria's skipper Madjid Bougherra (Photo: Reuters)
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Ahly's football director Wael Gomaa confirmed on Sunday that the club has no intention to hire Algeria's skipper Madjid Bougherra, denying all reports which suggested that the club was preparing an offer for him.

The 31 year-old was reportedly linked with a move to the seven-time African champions, who upon the request of the team's new coach Juan Carlos Garrido are looking to strengthen their defence with a proven defender.

Gomaa put the rumours to rest, though, saying he wasn't "interested".

''Bougherra is a great player, but there are no negotiations with him,'' Gomaa told the club's official website on Sunday.

''We respect the player and his capacities but we are not interested in him.''

Bougherra produced a string of strong displays with the Algerian national team during the Word Cup, helping the team reach the second round for the first time in the country's history.

The former Rangers defender – now a free agent – has played the last three seasons at the Qatari side Lekhwiya. 

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