Ahly veteran winger Soliman to retire if not offered a new deal

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 11 Oct 2021

Ahly veteran winger Walid Soliman revealed that he will be retiring from football by the end of the season if the club does not offer him a new contract, confirming that he turned down a precious offer from big spenders Pyramids FC in 2018 to finish his career with the Red Devils.

Walid Soliman
Ahly s winger Walid Soliman in action during the match with ENPPI on 25 September, 2021. Photo courtesy of Al-Ahly Facebook page.

“I don’t pay attention to the comments on social media, as I am always ready to join the starting lineup. It is also an honour for me to stay on the bench with Ahly rather than play regularly in another team,” Soliman told a television programme late on Sunday.

“When I am subbed in in the middle of the match, I always make a difference; because if I did not, then they would have asked me to leave by now.”

“My contract with Ahly will expire by the end of this season, and if the team’s management does not offer me a new contract, I will announce my retirement, as it would be difficult to play for any other team after Ahly,” he said.

“Pyramids FC asked me to join their team two years ago, but I turned down the offer; and if they gave me another offer, I would still reject it, because I do not intend to wear another jersey after wearing Ahly’s colours,” Soliman added.

“It’s not about the money, I just concentrate on my future.”

The winger signed a two-year contract in March 2020 to extend his stay with the Egyptian League champions until the end of the 2022-23 season.

36-year-old Soliman joined Ahly from Enppi in the summer of 2011, helping the Red Devils win six Egyptian Premier League titles, four CAF Champions league trophies, one CAF Confederation Cup title, and three CAF Super Cup trophies.

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