Ahly sign Egypt defender Hegazy for five years

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Sep 2015

Ahmed Hegazy
Ahmed Hegazy to become the third Egyptian to play in the Italian Serie A (Photo: Ahram)

Ahly have completed the signing of Egyptian international defender Ahmed Hegazy on a five-year deal, the Cairo giants announced on Tuesday.

"Ahmed Hegazy signed a five-year contract with the club," read a statement on the club's official website.

The 24-year-old has terminated his contract with Italian side Fiorentina on Monday, paving the way for Ahly to sign him on a free transfer.

The former Ismaily defender joined Fiorentina in the summer of 2012 but his spell at the club was disrupted by injuries.

He ruptured a knee ligament in December 2012 before suffering a similar injury in Egypt's friendly against Uganda almost a year later.

Hegazy signed a six-month loan deal with Serie B side AC Perugia last February, before returning to Fiorentina in the summer.

The towering defender was reportedly close to joining Spanish side Eibar but a deal did not materalise. 

Hegazy, who is a regular member of Egypt's squad, joins fellow new arrival Rami Rabia in the heart of Ahly's defence after the latter also joined on a five-year deal.

The former Fiorentina defender is Ahly's eighth new-signing during the current summer transfer window.

After losing the league title for the first time since 2004, Ahly are looking to strengthen their squad before the new season. 

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