Egyptian winger looks set to part ways with Sunderland this summer, following a disappointing season in the Premier League…AHMED Elmohamady admits he may to leave Sunderland this summer after struggling to feature in Martin O’Neill’s plans. Elmohamady has played a total of just 35 minutes of first-team football under Black Cats boss O’Neill after being a regular under predecessor Steve Bruce.
The 24-year-old is one of those who may feature in Sunderland’s final four games after O’Neill indicated his intention to hand a chance to those fringe players who have barely been involved during his stewardship.
Source: Sunderland Echo
Ahmed Elmohamady says he is considering his future at the Stadium of Light less than 12 months after completing his £2.5million switch from Egyptian club ENPPI.
Following his recent return to Wearside after spending a week in Dubai with the Egypt squad – playing in friendlies against Angola, Nigeria and Iraq – the Egypt international said:
“If the situation continues as it is now I will leave because I am looking to play and not sit on the bench because it would have a negative impact on my game.”
The skillful winger arrived at Sunderland on a season-long loan from ENPPI before former manager Steve Bruce made the move permanent last summer. Elmohamady made 35 starts under Bruce, but is yet to feature in the first XI under O’Neill.
“I was in the starting line-up early in the season, as was the case last season, but the team’s results fell away significantly and the club hired a new coach,” said Elmohamady.
“He made several changes and I was one of the players O’Neill left out of the team.
“Results have improved significantly, so he has the right to stick with a team which is achieving good results.
“O’Neill is a good coach at the technical level and a decent human being on a personal level and there are no problems between us.
“It’s all just opinions on the art (of football). I’m not angry with him for leaving me out of games.
“It’s his right to maintain a team which is achieving good results and it’s my job to do my best to regain my place in the squad, but I don’t expect many changes to the team.”
Despite interest from Egyptian champions Ahly, Elmohamady says he is unlikely to return to his native Egypt because he wants to make a name for himself in Europe.
“Ahly haven’t made any approaches to sign me from Sunderland,” said Elmohamady.
“I respect Ahly but I intend to stay in Europe as long as possible. I have no intention of returning to Egypt.
“I want to continue my career in England because the league is fun and having got used to playing in the Premier League, it would be difficult to leave and play elsewhere.”
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