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Zamalek will not rush into January transfer market: Amir Mortada

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul, Tuesday 25 Dec 2018
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Zamalek players during a recent training session (Photo: Zamalek's official website)
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Zamalek will not be rushing into the coming January transfer market, according to the team's manager Amir Mortada, who also said that the current squad will likely stay as it is till the end of the season.

"We won't be doing many deals in January," Amir told an Egyptian radio station late on Monday.

"Generally we will be signing new players, but the team's benefit will be our priority. Our new recruitments won't be at the expense of our current players," Amir said.

"It is 99 percent that there won't be any departures in January as we need all our players for the time being. It is the desire of both the board and the technical staff," said Amir, who is the son of club chairman Mortada Mansour. 

The Cairo giants were reportedly in talks recently to sign Egyptian attacking midfielder Abdallah El-Said, who currently plays for Saudi side Al-Ahli, West Bromwich Albion's Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi, and Syrian defender Omar Khribin, who plays for Saudi club Al-Hilal.

"Anything is possible," Amir Mortada said regarding these negotiations without giving any details.

Zamalek, who currently lead the Egyptian Premier League table with 35 points from 14 matches, already had much recruitment last summer as they are bidding for their first league title since the 2014/2015 season.

At the continental level, Zamalek reached the African Confederation Cup round of 32 on Sunday despite the 2-0 loss to CotonTchad.

The White Knights slumped to a late 2-0 defeat in the second-leg of the competition's second round in N'Djamena but advanced with a 7-2 aggregate win.

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