Egyptian international Hossam Ghaly was all set to join Birmingham City at the start of this season. The player was set to seal a £3 million move from Tottenham before the transfer hit a snag – namely that then-manager Steve Bruce was upset by some of the supposed comments that Ghaly had made about training with the Blues.
Now the midfielder, who’s currently on loan at Derby County, has hit back at the Wigan manager. The Sun report that Ghaly denies speaking out of turn and doesn’t understand why Bruce got himself in a tizzy.
But Ghaly said: “I didn’t complain about the training in Birmingham. I was surprised when I heard that I had refused to run. That is wrong. When someone asks me to run, I run.
“But you know when you go to a place and you feel uncomfortable. It was like this for me and I told my agent that I did not feel comfortable. It was nothing to do with the training ground or the manager — it was just not right.”
Perhaps the Egyptian just couldn’t get used to the Brummie accent – he wouldn’t be the first. However, his protests about being quiet and mild-mannered don’t quite tie in with the image Tottenham fans have of Ghaly throwing his shirt down in disgust after being substituted at the end of last season against Blackburn.