Mansour responds to Papel transfer saga

Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has placed himself under the spotlight once again with the confusion over the signing of Angola international forward Ary Papel.

Despite the deal appearing to have been completed, AFHQ recently reported that Mansour abruptly stopped taking Papel’s calls and messages, leaving the 26-year-old in dark regarding his future.

But Mansour has hit back at the claims of the former Sporting Libson player who called them out for being ‘unprofessional’.

Click here to read Papel’s plea.

“Calm down and be patient, we have a lot of foreigners and the new coach will decide who leaves and who stays,” the 68-year-old said on Zamalek TV.

“The problem with Papel is he has three representatives that speak on his behalf. If I say more, I’d get the club in trouble so wait for the right time”

He also added that decisions regarding new players will rest on the potential new head coach, Jesualdo Ferreira, essentially removing any responsibility for Papel’s whereabouts from himself.

“We’ve sent an offer to Jesualdo Ferreira and we are waiting for his reply. We want a coach with a long-term contract, not just 2 months,” Mansour explained. “If Ferriera decides not to come, we have a plan B.

“Tarek Yehia (Caretaker head coach) will take charge of Zamalek’s next game vs Tanta but will definitely not be in charge of the team during the following match on Saturday.”