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Bad boy Afroto extends Ahly contract

Ahly's controversial attacking midfielder Mostafa 'Afroto' Selim signs a four-year contract extension to keep him at the club until 2015

Hatem Maher, Tuesday 26 Jul 2011

Afroto ended speculation regarding his future by signing a new four-year deal with Egyptian Premier League winners Ahly, the club announced on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old was linked with a summer move away from Ahly after reports suggested that Portuguese coach Manuel Jose no longer wanted him at the club, given his constant disciplinary problems.

The reports also said that Ahly's arch-rivals Zamalek were waiting in the wings to acquire the services of Afroto, who eventually pledged his future to the Red Devils.

"Afroto insisted that he wants to remain at Ahly, the club where he was raised," the Cairo giants said in a statement on their official website.

"He did not hesitate in signing a new four-year contract. He didn't set any conditions to put pen to paper."

A diminutive attacking midfielder with superb dribbling skills, Afroto rose to prominence in Egypt's 2009 U-20 World Cup campaign on home soil after producing some superb displays.

He was expected to become a key member of Ahly's squad but struggled to play on a regular basis after being involved in several disputes with the club's board over disciplinary problems.

Local reports said on Tuesday that he might be loaned to a yet-to-be-named club in the Arab Gulf region.

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