'I rejected moves to Belgian and Austrian leagues for Egypt's Ahly': Salah Mohsen

Eslam Omar , Wednesday 31 Jan 2018

Fresh Ahly signing Salah Mohsen says the Cairo club was top of his list and will be his gateway to greater fame

Ahly's nes winger Salah Mohsen (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Newest Ahly signing Salah Mohsen has expressed pleasure at "accomplishing my dream" in joining the club, insisting that the Cairo-based club will be his gateway to the biggest world teams.

"Move me to Ahly or let me stay in Enppi. I kept saying it loud and clear to my former club officials. I even videotaped it. I rejected offers from Belgium and Austria for the Ahly move as I am sure I will gain more fame and success at Ahly and eventually be a successful international player like Egypt's Mohamed Salah, who stars at Liverpool," the 20-year-old forward said in a long interview with Ahly's official website Tuesday, during his first visit to the club after his transfer.

Ahly snatched the talented player who grabbed attention recently after scoring seven goals in 17 games this season with Enppi, including one against Ahly when the Reds won 4-1 in the first round early December.

"I always score against Ahly since I was a nine-year-old junior. I knew I will get attention this way and this really happened. All my life I dreamed of playing for Ahly and I am always looking up to players like Mohamed Abou-Treika and Emad Meteb."

Mohsen's name occupied headlines this week after Ahly's rivals Zamalek expressed desire to land him, with their club chairman, Mortada Mansour, publicly offering EGP 42 million for a signing deal.

Ahly haven't announced the financial details of the Mohsen deal, but reports suggested it was one of the biggest deals in Egyptian football history.

"I play as a striker, winger and attacking midfielder, but I prefer the striker position. I respect all my new teammates in Ahly and I hope we compete to join the starting 11 for the best of the team."

"Coach Hossam El-Badry is the best in Egypt and his interest and trust in me really forces me to be responsible and to do my best because this is my only way to join the Egyptian national team and play in the 2018 World Cup in Russia," he concluded.

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