Huddersfield Town’s winger Ramadan Sobhi has joined Cairo side Ahly on a six-month loan starting from the upcoming January transfer window, both clubs announced via their official websites on Friday.
The agreement between the Egyptian club and their English counterparts includes an option to permanently sign the player after the loan period ends if both parties agree.
“Today I return back to my country for six months to help my childhood club in the African Champions League and make my way back to the national team,” the player posted on social media.
The 21-year-old Egypt international, who left Ahly in the summer of 2016 to see out his career in Europe, has made 74 appearances with Ahly throughout his career with his childhood club, where he scored 17 goals and made 15 assists in all competitions.
Sobhi made his debut with Egypt in 2015; he has since featured 28 times for the Pharaohs, scoring only once.
The player also stressed that he will be back to Huddersfield after the end of his loan.
“All the best to The Terriers. Great club, great fans and great people. I’ll be back stronger next season. Much love and see you soon,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Huddersfield’s coach David Wagner has blamed Sobhi’s beginning of season injury for his lowly start with the team.
“Ramadan has been a little unlucky with circumstances this season. After a decent pre-season, he suffered an injury just before the start of the Premier League and it took some time to clear,” Wagner was quoted as saying.
“When he eventually regained full fitness, other players were ahead of him in the team and he hasn’t been able to force his way into the line-up. He is keen for this loan move to happen and I think it is the best for everyone at this stage,” he added.
Sobhi struggled to find a place in Huddersfield’s squad, making a mere four appearances with the team with a total of only 75 minutes of playtime.
The player is expected to arrive in Cairo within the coming few hours to join Ahly’s training.
Sobhi is Ahly’s fourth winter-transfer-window signing after winger Mohamed Mahmoud from Wadi Degla, left-back Mahmoud Wahid from Maqassa, and winger Geraldo da Costa from Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto.
Ahly are currently seventh in the Egyptian league table with 23 points from 11 games, 12 points adrift of leaders Zamalek, who have played three more games.
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