London-Loving Elneny Rejects Leicester City Despite Arsenal Accepting £10m Transfer Offer

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny has rejected the chance to join Leicester City in a £10m move because he loves living in London. The 25-year-old was subject to a transfer offer that was equal to what Arsenal paid FC Basel in 2016, however, the transfer will not be going ahead as he wants to stay in the English capital.

Elneny featured in in 24 games for Arsenal across all competitions last season, registering two assists. Used mainly as a squad player, Elneny had be rumoured with a move away from the Emirates in search of more game time, however, he rejected the chance to the Foxes after an offer was accepted by the north London side, according to ​Sun reports.

Elneny first broke onto the scene with, similar to compatriot Mohamed Salah, with Swiss giants Basel. In a midfield that boasts international stars like Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey, along with defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, Elneny has found a regular place in the Arsenal team hard to come by.

Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare had hoped the promise of first team football at the King Power stadium would be enough to convince to ditch his life in London. On the same day that Leicester confirmed the signing of ex-Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović, Elneny turned down the option to move to the East Midlands.


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