Ahly's outgoing playmaker Abdallah El-Said appeared on Wednesday to be trying to mend his fractious relation with the team's supporters after penning a short loan deal with Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura.
In a message to the club and their often demanding fans, the Egyptian international said he appreciates their support and criticism as he flew to Finland to play for Palloseura for two months in a bid to stay fit before the World Cup.
"I'm thanking Ahly, the technical staff and my teammates for the period I had spent inside the club and I wish … the team would win the African Champions League and qualify for the Club World Cup," El-Said said on his social media accounts.
"I would also like to thank the fans who supported and who criticized me in the past period and I hope God would bless my next move. I hope I will be able to live up to the expectations of the great Egyptian fans."
El-Said, one of the pillars of a powerful Ahly side, incurred the wrath of their fans when he signed for arch-rivals Zamalek last month before changing his mind a few days later, eventually extending his Red Devils' contract which was due to expire at the end of the season.
However, Ahly said they would put him up for sale as a disciplinary measure.
The 32-year-old played an instrumental role in helping Ahly win the Egyptian Premier League this season with six matches to spare, securing the title for a third consecutive time and a 40th overall.
El-Said joined Ahly from bitter foes Ismaily in 2011 but lived in the shadow of iconic playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika. However, he assumed the playmaking role following Abou-Treika's retirement in late 2013.
He has won four Egyptian league titles, two African Champions Leagues, a Confederation Cup and an Egyptian Cup, among other minor accolades since his arrival.
El-Said scored 67 goals and created 54 others in 227 appearances with Ahly in all competitions.
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