Atiya: I have not signed a form of desire to join Zamalek

Atiya: I have not signed a form of desire to join Zamalek

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Marwan Attia, Al-Ahly’s new midfielder, has denied he signed a move to Zamalek before joining Red Castle.

Attia joined Al-Ahli in the winter transfer window this January from Al-Ittihad of Alexandria, but the deal was surrounded by much controversy as the two poles competed to land him.

Mortada Mansour, the head of White Castle, said earlier that he had obtained Attia’s signature before he moved to Al-Ahly, threatening to suspend the player.

However, Attia said in statements to Al-Hayat channel early Sunday morning, “My desire decided my transfer to Al-Ahly. Playing for this team is an honor for any player, although there were other local and foreign offers.”

Asked if he had signed a letter of intent to join Zamalek before moving to Al-Ahly, Attiyah replied: “No, that didn’t happen.”

Atiya starred for Al-Ahly in their 3-0 win over Zamalek yesterday evening, Saturday, at the Cairo Stadium in the 14th round of the Egyptian Premier League.

This is Attia’s second game in an Al-Ahly shirt after he featured in last Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Smouha in the Egyptian Cup.

Attia commented on his first time at the top, saying: “We got a big win and moved 8 points away from defending champions Zamalek and took charge.”

He added: “(Marcel) Kohler pushed me in the second half and told me: We want to close in midfield and keep the score. Play your way and you’re a good player.”

And for the best player in the match at the top, from his point of view, the Al-Ahly newcomer replied: “I will choose Hamdi Fathy because he put in an excellent performance despite just coming back from injury.”

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