'I had offers': 'Very well respected' player says he could've left Villa in the summer

Sam Preston November 18, 2020
'I had offers': 'Very well respected' player says he could've left Villa in the summer

Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady says he had offers to leave Aston Villa during the summer transfer window.

Speaking on Egyptian TV, via King Fut, the former Hull man said Villa refused to let him depart Villa Park.

He also says he is happy with the club, despite being shunted down the pecking order by Matty Cash’s arrival from Nottingham Forest.

Elmohamady is competing with Cash and Frederic Guilbert for the right back slot in Dean Smith’s side and appears determined to fight for his place.

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“I had to offers at the start of the season but Aston Villa refused to let me go,” said Elmohamady. “I also refused because I wanted to stay with the team.

“Aston Villa is a historic team in England and I’m happy to be part of this club, I feel like I’m at the right place.

“And whether I play or not fully depend on the coaching staff but I know it will come with time and effort.”

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Elmohamady is now 33, and given that Cash is far younger and the man Dean Smith spent big on, it seems like he will be the preferred choice when fit.

The Egyptian will provide experienced backup and prove to be a useful figure to have in the dressing room, but it would be a surprise to see him become first choice at any point during the season.

He seems settled at Villa, and the club’s unwillingness to do business over him indicates how highly he is rated. Smith summed it up when he called the defender ‘very well respected’ in August 2019.

But with three right backs on the books, it raises the prospect one will leave in January, and at present, that seems most likely to be Guilbert.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.