Former Zamalek winger Mahmoud Abdel-Razek, known affectionately as Shikabala (Photo: Reuters)
Zamalek have officially announced the signing of former forward Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdel-Razek for five years for $650,000, loaned by Ismaily, against $150.000 after his unsuccessful attempt with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.
The 29-year-old, who joined Lisbon from Zamalek in January 2014, has been absent since last September after a dispute with the Portuguese club.
"We decided to bring the player back to save his future, so he will be loaned for Ismaily to play regularly again," Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour said during a Sunday press conference, revealing the deal officially.
The Aswan-born talent, Shikabala, is serving a suspension from Portuguese side Lisbon after his frequent absence from team trainings sesssions.
"We agreed with Lisbon to lift Shikabala's suspension in Portugal, as well as any fine on the player," Mansour added.
The player is set to be loaned to Egyptian League side Ismaily as there is no place for him in Zamalek's squad this season.
The Whites, 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.
"I received two cheques of $75.000 each from Ismaily to loan them the player," Mortada said.
Shikabala played for the Greek side PAOK between 2005 and 2007 and was loaned for Al-Wasl of the United Arab Emirates in the 2012-13 season.
The 29-year-old has made a few international appearances for Egypt in 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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