Egyptian international midfielder Tarek Hamed ahead of a game for his side Al-Ittihad. Photo: Al-Ittihad s official Twitter account.
The 34-year-old midfielder joined the Jeddah-based giants last summer on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with Zamalek, penning a two-year deal.
However, following the arrival of duo N’Golo Kante and Fabinho, the Saudi Pro League champions have reportedly decided to part ways with Hamed, terminating his contract one season before its scheduled end.
Damac FC were in talks to sign the midfielder, but negotiations hit an impasse, according to Saudi newspaper Al-Madina.
The stumbling block arose from Damac FC's desire to secure Hamed on a one-year contract, while the player insisted on a two-year deal.
Hamed is renowned for his tough-tackling style and played a pivotal role in Al-Ittihad's successful campaign, which saw them clinch both the Saudi Pro League and the Saudi Super Cup titles.
Since his arrival at Ittihad Jeddah last summer, Hamed has featured in 30 matches with the yellow jersey.
In July, Hamed underwent a successful facial surgery following an injury sustained during Ittihad Jeddah's 1-0 victory over Tunisia's CS Sfaxien in the King Salman's Clubs Cup.
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