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Pyramids insist Zamalek-target Abdallah El-Said not for sale

El-Said is one of the most decorated players in the Egyptian Premier League, having scored 112 goals in the competition with Ismaily, Ahly and Pyramids

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Sep 2021
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Pyramids FC reiterated on Tuesday that veteran playmaker Abdallah El-Said, who Zamalek are keen to sign in the summer transfer window, is not for sale.

"Our captain won't be sold to any other team," Pyramids' chief executive Mamdouh Eid told a news conference held to unveil new coach Ihab Galal.

"There is no chance he could leave for whatever reasons."

Zamalek, who attempted to sign El-Said when in 2018 when his contract at Cairo nemesis Ahly expired, made no secret of their desire to land him this summer. The 36-year-old is also reportedly keen on a switch to Zamalek in the twilight of his career.

But it's hard to tempt the big-spending Pyramids into selling one of their prized assets, especially given that Zamalek are struggling for cash.

"We haven't had any talks with Zamalek regarding a possible deal involving El-Said or any other player," Eid added.

El-Said is one of the most decorated players in the Egyptian Premier League, having scored 112 goals in the competition with Ismaily, Ahly and Pyramids.

Since joining Pyramids in January 2019, El-Said has helped them to three successive third-place finishes in the domestic league. He also played a key role in their run to the African Confederation final last year.

League champions Zamalek have so far signed three players in the close season, including two on free transfers -- Masry winger Omar Kamal and Tunisian right-back Hamdi Nagguez, who returned to the club he acrimoniously left in December 2019.

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