Mohamed Elneny’s father has again confirmed his son won’t be leaving Arsenal in the January transfer window, despite his contract expiring at the end of the season.
The Egyptian has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates somewhat this season, with the arrival of Sambi Lokonga, meaning he has not been a regular under Mikel Arteta.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season and no indication that Arsenal want to renew it, it has been reported he could be on the move in January.
Galatasaray are particularly keen on him after he spent a successful loan spell with their rivals Besiktas in the 2019/2020 season.
Several reports in Turkey indicated that a deal was practically done, with it claimed that Arsenal chief Edu had reached an agreement with the player and his advisor for him to leave on a free transfer six months early.
Since then, there has been an abrupt turn in the story, with Elneny’s father claiming that a move would not actually be happening, and Arsenal wanted to keep him.
That was followed by Elneny featuring in their last two games, with four minutes in the win over Watford and six in the defeat to Liverpool.
He’s now spoken again on the matter and says there is no plans for his son to be on the move once January rolls around.
“Mohamed’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season,” Milli Gazete report him saying to Al Hayat TV.
“The club does not intend to terminate his contract. His playing in the Liverpool match proves his coach’s belief in him and his abilities.
“It is difficult for him to return to Egypt during this period. The reports that El Ahly made a deal with him are completely false.”