Aston Villa fans have been reacting to comments made by Ahmed Elmohamady that he rejected offers to leave the club in the last transfer window.
The Egyptian full-back apparently had a number of proposals to embark on a new chapter in his career, but ultimately declined to leave Villa Park.
His decision to stay put was apparently mutual.
He told ex-Egypt striker Mido, as quoted by Egyptian sports site King Fut: “I had offers at the start of the season but Aston Villa refused to let me go.
“I also refused because I wanted to stay with the team.
“Aston Villa is a historic team in England and I’m happy to be part of this club, I feel like I’m at the right place.
“And whether I play or not fully depends on the coaching staff but I know it will come with time and effort”
Elmohamady has been with Villa since 2017, joining from Hull City for a reported fee of £1 million (BBC Sport).
To date he has made 118 appearances for the club, and has a great relationship with supporters at Villa Park.
These days he doesn’t play all that often, with Frederic Guilbert getting regular minutes last term, and new signing Matty Cash now ahead of him in the pecking order.
It might have been quite easy for Elmohamady to seek pastures new, but it seems he felt compelled to at least see out his contract which expires next year, and fans have praised the star for his reasons for staying on social media:
Mentality of a king
— Sebastian Bacon (@SebastianBacon8) November 18, 2020
Love him so much
— Dhurambir Singh (@dhurambirsingh) November 18, 2020
Proper underrated man
— Aaron Tiwari (@AeroBoyOrigins) November 18, 2020
Love Elmo he’s a top fella too
— Mattston Villa (@MattcayleyM) November 18, 2020
Nothing but respect for elmo
— RicardoAV (@RichieLionel81) November 18, 2020
Bruce’s best signing, absolute model professional. Nice guy too.
— JonathanCox19 (@jontycox66) November 18, 2020
A great professional and criminally under rated.
— AVKN (@bobaginger) November 18, 2020
Good man Elmo
— Bernard Keavy (@BernardKeavy) November 18, 2020