Zamalek don't need Egypt midfielder Abd-Rabou: board member

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 5 Aug 2014

Cairo giants board member slams the Pharaohs midfielder, while Isamily president urges him to extend his stay

File photo: Egypt's Hosni Abd Rabbou during their African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match at the Ombaka National Stadium in Benguela, Angola, Saturday Jan. 16, 2010 (Photo: AP)

Zamalek board member Ahmed Soliman confirmed that his club does not need to sign Egypt and Ismaily midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabou during the summer transfer window.

Abd-Rabou is currently a free agent as his contract with the Dervishes ended this summer.

The veteran player recently hinted that he could join Cairo giants Zamalek if his club did not met his financial demands.

Ahmed Soliman slammed Abd-Rabou for his declarations, closing the door for seeing him wear the Whites' jersey in the new season.

"Abd-Rabou will not be joining Zamalek. We don't need to sign him," Soliman said via his Facebook account.

"The player is only trying to pressure Ismaily officials by announcing that he is in talks with Zamalek," he added.

On the other side, Ismaily president urged the 29-year-old player to stay, insisting that he will have a meeting with him on Tuesday to settle all the financial details.

Abd-Rabou began his career with Ismaily in 2003 and managed to establish himself as a club icon.

He had previous spells abroad with France's Strasbourg, Ahli Dubai, Ittihad Jeddah and Al-Nasr of Saudi Arabia.

The veteran player played influential role in guiding the Pharaohs to clinch both the 2008 and 2010 African Cup of Nations titles.

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