Mohamed Elneny says he’s open to a permanent move to Besiktas at the end of his current loan deal, however, the chances of that seem slim.
The Egypt international fell out of favour during Unai Emery’s tenure and was happy to make the move to Turkey when the Istanbul giants came calling in the summer.
After a red card on his debut, the midfielder has gone on to make 25 appearances this season for a Besiktas side that have underwhelmed both at home and in Europe.
They are currently seventh in the Super Lig table and were knocked out of the Europa League stages at the group stages. Along the way, they’ve also parted with a head coach and there were even reports that Elneny didn’t get paid for several months.
All the same, Elneny seems happy with his lot in Turkey.
“Before coming I thought there was going to be a huge difference [from the Premier League] but when I came I realized there’s not that big of a difference,” he told beIN SPORTS [translated by KingFut]
“There’s a lot of good players here, the league is quite tough and many teams compete for the title. All teams are strong and can beat one another.
“The atmosphere here is great, it’s an amazing feeling to play infront of our fans, their support doesn’t stop throughout the 90 minutes. I’m very happy to be part of the Besiktas family and who knows what the future holds.
“If the club is willing to pay my buyout clause I would be happy to stay if the situation allows it.”
We’re not sure what his buyout clause is, but we suspect it’s around the £15 million mark, which could be steep for a team that doesn’t have European football.
Interestingly, KingFut claim that coach Sergen Yalcin is resigned to Elneny and several other players leaving this summer. Perhaps the Egyptian knows it’s happening and he’s just saying nice things to keep things ticking along.