In an interview with France Football, Zamalek striker Mostafa Mohamed confirmed recent reports that Turkish giants Fenerbahçe are interested in his services, and stated his desire to join the club. The 22-year old Egypt international has been one of the standout players in the Egyptian league this season with 9 goals in 25 appearances for the White Knights of Cairo, also adding another 7 goals in the CAF Champions League.
“I’m almost 23 years old, it’s time for me to take the next step and move to Europe” Mostafa Mohamed to France Football.
Mohamed confirmed that an offer has been made by Fenerbahçe. “Yes, it’s true that they want me, and I want to join this great Turkish club,” he told France Football. “I’m almost 23 years old and it’s time for me to take the next step and move to Europe. I want to leave Egypt.”
However, Mostafa Mohamed’s move to Fenerbahçe could be complicated with Zamalek president Mortada Mansour refusing to sanction the transfer, highlighting the recent political tensions between Egypt and Turkey. For the Zamalek youth product, who also been linked with Galatasaray and Rangers this past summer, these problems do not concern him.
“I have nothing to do with that, I’m a professional footballer and I’m not interested in politics”, Mohamed said. “Like other Egyptian players, I want to move to Turkey as soon as possible to play in a big league. I just want to do my job, and become an example for my countrymen.”
Despite his desire to move abroad, Mohamed, who came up through the youth ranks of the Cairo giants, is grateful for the opportunity to play for Zamalek. “It’s honor for me to play for Zamalek, it’s one of the biggest clubs in Africa. There’s always an incredible fervor and the fans are very passionate. In Egypt, it’s an institution.”
The Turkish League has had an extensive history of Egyptian players, with the likes of Ahmed Hassan, Ayman Abdel-Aziz, Abdelzaher El-Saqqa and Ibrahim Said in the early 2000s, and more recently, with Trézéguet and Mohamed Elneny, who were both part of Egypt’s team at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and now ply their trade in the Premier League.