West Bromwich coach Slaven Bilic said on Thursday that his Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi will remain with club, denying all reports concerning his departure for the Saudi League.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to the Saudi League as many Saudi reports claimed that Ahli and Ittihad Jeddah are chasing the Egyptian international.
"There has been an interest in Ahmed from Saudi since I came to the club last season," Bilic told a news conference on Thursday.
“He’s a good player, and he’s from Egypt which makes him a bit more interesting for the clubs from Saudi.
“But like last year, he wants to stay here. He’s a good player, he’s playing and I’m glad he’s staying.
"I didn’t want him to go last year. This season I like him, he’s a top professional.
"He’s one of the few lads in our team who has Premier League experience.
“That’s important. He’s very experienced, a quality player and it’s good to have him in the squad.”
The international defender made his first start in the Premier League this season on Monday when he played the full 90 minutes in his side's goalless draw at Burnley.
The towering defender joined West Brom in 2017 coming from Cairo giants Ahly and since then he has played 104 matches, netting four goals and providing two assists.
He played a vital role on helping West Brom earn promotion to the top flight last season.
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