“The Cleopatra game isn’t my last with Zamalek. I’m not leaving just yet,” Bencharki told reporters after the 3-2 precious league win over Ceramica Cleopatra.
On Tuesday, Zamalek Chairperson Mortada Mansour confirmed that Bencharki has informed the club that he will not be extending his contract, revealing his desire to take the next step in his career in another country.
Reports claimed that the Ceramica Cleopatra game might be the Moroccan winger’s last with the White Knights so he could get a break and negotiate his future.
However, Zamalek Football Supervisor Amir Mortada confirmed after Tuesday’s match that Bencharki will remain with the team until 30 August — the expected last day of the season.
“We won’t beg Bencharki to stay, we will thank him for the time he has spent with us because he made the fans happy, and we will throw him a farewell party,” Mansour said on Tuesday.
Bencharki, 27, joined the Whites in 2019 from Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal and played 104 games with Zamalek, scoring 39 goals and providing 26 assists.
He has been instrumental in the 2020/21 triumphant League campaign, which was Zamalek’s first league title since 2015, scoring 15 goals and providing 7 assists in 30 games. He also won the 2020 CAF Super and 2019 Egypt Cup with the Whites.
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