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CELTIC MOVE SHOT DOWN

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CELTIC have NOT made an offer for highly-rated midfielder Mohamed Magdy of Egyptian outfit Al-Ahly.

The club shot down reports their 24-year-old international was heading for the champions and they also hit out at the player’s agent.

The attack-minded middle-of-the-park operator joined the country’s top club from Pyramids FC in a £900,000 switch last year and has been a key player in their run to the African Champions League Final.

Magdy – better known by his nickname of Afsha – claimed five goals and provided eight assists as Al-Ahly raced to the Egyptian Premier League title last season.

His agent, Abdelrahman Ismail, insisted the Parkhead side were “very interested” in signing his client with a view to loaning him out to another European club before integrating him in Neil Lennon’s squad. But that statement was knocked down by the club’s director of football, Sayed Abdel Hafeez, who told the media:“Firstly, there has been no offer for Mohamed from Celtic or anyone else.

“And, secondly, this is not the time to talk about transfers. All our focus is on the Champions League Final and this kind of needless talk is distracting for both the player and the club. We accept there will be interest and eventual offers for him and that’s a tribute to his success this season.

“But at this moment, there are no offers and Mohamed is putting all his efforts in his preparation for the Final.”

Five times-capped Magdy still has four years of his deal to run.

 
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