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El-Hadary claims he is close to Leicester City move

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary says talks on a transfer to English side Leicester City are 'on the right track'

Mohamad Mosselhi, Sunday 12 Jun 2011
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Sudanese giants Al-Merreikh's goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary said on Sunday that he has received an official offer to join English second-division side Leicester City next season.

“I have several offers but Leicester City’s is the most serious one,‘’ the veteran guardian said on his official website.

Recent reports linked El-Hadary, who joined Al-Merreikh in the January transfer window, with several Premier League and (second tier) Championship clubs.

‘’I am in contact with Leicester City’s club director and the negotiations are on the right track. I think I will have a good opportunity to play there,‘’ he added.

El-Hadary penned a three-year contract with Al-Merreikh after ending a brief and unsuccessful spell with Cairo giants Zamalek.

The 38-year-old, who produced a superb performance in Egypt’s goalless draw at home to South Africa in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers last week, has said more than once he had no intention of hanging up his gloves.

“After the end of the season, I will evaluate my experience with the Sudanese club and decide whether to stay or not,” he concluded.

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