Shikabala alleged loan to Napoli sparks controversy
Just a few hours after announcing their 'acceptance' of a deal to loan their forward Mahmoud Abdel-Razek "Shikabala" to Napoli, Zamalek board has qualified their statements saying that the board is only in advanced talks with Italian side over a likely move of the player to the Serie A.
“The transfer of Shikabala to an Italian side has reached advanced talks but we cannot confirm or deny any of the reports or claims surrounding the finalisation of the deal,” a statement read on the club’s official website on Thursday.
“The board accepted the presented offer but the deal hasn’t been concluded yet. We have also received other offers from Belgium and Saudi Arabia and are all to be considered. All the details will be announced as soon as the move will be finalised,” the statement added.
Zamalek have announced on Wednesday that they agreed to transfer Shikabala to Napoli on a year-loan deal worth $1.8 million.
However, reports in the Italian media revealed that this is just another rumour that even Italian mercato expert Gianluca Di Marzio has called it an “April fool that is two months late”.
Ahram Sports has also reported Napoli’s manager Riccardo Bigon claimed he knows nothing about this deal and that the whole case might just be summer gossip.
The 26-year old gifted forward fell out-of-favor at Zamalek after an altercation with Coach Hassan Shehata after being substituted during a CAF Champions League match last May.
Shehata has presented his resignation following the incident but the board rejected it and decided to show the troublesome player the exit door.
Since then, the player has been excluded for trainings and has also been dropped from the Pharaohs squad during their World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers’ campaign additionally to the Olympic team that is set to compete in London 2012 Games.
This has been another huge setback in Shikabala’s short career, as the player is seen as one of the most imminent talents in Egypt but has been constantly hampered by his temper.
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