ZAMALEK'S Shikabala (Reuters)
Zamalek have reached an agreement to re-sign forward Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdel-Razek from Sporting Lisbon and plan to loan out their former star next season, the Egyptian club's chairman revealed on Monday.
"We have agreed with Sporting officials to sign Shikabala on a permanent basis for a fee of $650,000," Zamalek president Mortada Mansour told Al-Hayah TV channel.
"We will send the player on loan to Egyptian club Ismaily for one season for $150,000," the lawyer added.
Zamalek, who recently ended an 11-year wait for an Egyptian league triumph, signed a host of new players to bolster their squad in the summer transfer window.
Shikabala, who joined Lisbon from Zamalek in January 2014, has been absent since September 2014 after a dispute with the Portuguese club.
Earlier this month, Zamalek offered $200,000 to sign the talented player on a one-season loan deal, though the offer was rejected by Lisbon.
On Saturday, the Cairo giants renewed their interest in Shikabala with a new bid to acquire his services permanently. "I hope that Shikabala will start a new era in his life," the outspoken Mansour added.
"Football is the player’s only job and he has no other choice but to secure his future or he will find himself playing in the streets.
"What happened to Shikabala is a harsh lesson and I hope he learned a lot from it."
The Aswan-born talent first starred for Zamalek in 1996, catching the eyes of many with his skills and also inspired the Whites to win the Egyptian League in 2004 and the Egypt Cup in 2008 and 2013.
Shikabala played for the Greek side PAOK between 2005 and 2007 and was loaned for Al-Wasl of UAE in the 2012-13 season.
The 29-year-old has made a few international appearances with Egypt throughout his career. He was part of the Pharaohs' squad that won the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, yet he played only a single game in the continental competition.
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