Mohamed Elneny’s father says his son isn’t being forced out of Arsenal, but he’s looking for the chance to earn a move for more game time.
Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, Unai Emery admitted that Elneny and Mustafi know that the plan this summer is to move them on.
The head coach said he wants to give the pair the chance to play starring roles somewhere else, knowing they’ll be bit-part players if they stay.
Responding to the comments, Elneny’s father Nasser told the Egyptian media that it won’t be a straightforward decision to leave, and he’s not being forced out, but the midfielder does want to play for a team that will give him more regular minutes.
“Mohamed is still under contract with Arsenal for the next three years and he plays in a big team, so the decision to leave will not be easy and no one has imposed anything on him,” Nasser Elneny told Al-Ain Sports.
“The manager has a respectful view and has the right to make his choices, but my son is a regular in training and does his job well. Mohamed is looking for a chance to move to a suitable team with more game time.”
The rest of Nasser Elneny’s comments were rather confusing, and they suggest he’s not directly involved in the player’s future.
“I don’t like the idea of moving to Turkey or France. If he leaves Arsenal I hope he won’t be out of the Premier League,” Nasser said.
Whilst a hesitance to move to Turkey or France is perfectly valid, it’s impossible for Elneny to leave Arsenal and remain in the Premier League this summer. The deadline for signings has passed, so no PL club could sign him.
Regardless, there are plenty of other destinations around Europe for the midfielder. He just needs to find an offer that suits him.