Mohamed Elneny’s father says Mikel Arteta wants his son to stay at Arsenal until the end of the season, as he might need him.
There’s been mounting speculation around the future of Mohamed Elneny in recent weeks, with reports in Turkey suggesting Galatasaray are interested in him.
Arsenal know Elneny’s contract will expire in the summer, and January is the last chance for them to recoup the money they’ve spent on him. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some cashback?
According to the player’s father, however, Arsenal want to keep the midfielder around to the end of his deal.
“Arteta wants Mohamed to stay. He might need him in the coming period so he will remain until the end of the season,” Nasser Elneny said (via KingFut).
“I hope that he will end his career at Al Ahly.”
Vatan reported earlier this week that Arsenal were desperate to get Mohamed Elneny off their books, and Galatasaray had stepped up their contact with the midfielder.
The major stumbling block was reportedly Elneny’s wages, with Galatasaray unable to pay the €3m yearly salary he’s asking for.
But Elneny’s father seems to be denying that Arsenal want his son out at all.
Mikel Arteta addressed the issue of Elneny’s contract situation at Arsenal in his most recent press conference, but he refused to get into the details.
“I cannot go into that,” Arteta said. “I’m really happy with Mo. I will not be discussing the individual fates of the players as it’s not the time to do so.”
Another Turkish outlet, Fanatik, recently reported that Mohamed Elneny has given the green light to a transfer to Galatasaray.
The club are certainly looking for a new defensive midfielder.
As Elneny’s deal expires in June, the Turkish side are able to agree a pre-contract agreement for a free transfer in the summer.
Elneny was linked to Galatasaray in the latter stages of the summer transfer window, and he continues to struggle for minutes with Arsenal.