Weiler hails Raja star Banoun ahead of Ahly switch

Al Ahly head coach Rene Weiler has revealed why the signing of Badr Banoun was necessary after lifting their record 42nd Egyptian Premier League title.

The Red Devils celebrated their 119th major title in their illustrious history this weekend and have now set the sights on maintaining their domestic dominance in the 2020/21 season.

Weiler’s side have secured Morocco international centre-back Banoun from Raja Casablanca to add to their already star-studded squad.

Tapping into their vast financial resources, Banoun is reported to have been acquired for $2-million on a lucrative three-year contract as he was lured away from to Botola.

According to HesPress, Banoun will also be one of their highest-paid players with a salary of $1-million per month as the member of Herve Renard’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad becomes the latest Moroccan to move to Egypt.

Weiler admits the arrival was imperative as ‘a player who knows how to build the game, an essential quality for any defender’ which the Club of the Century has been lacking.

The 26-year-old has won the CAF Confederation Cup, Super Cup, Moroccan Cup and Botola since graduating from the club’s youth system in 2012.