Arsenal star opens door to permanent £15m exit when quizzed on future


The future of Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny remains up in the air after he left the door open to a permanent exit from the Emirates in the summer.

The Egyptian international joined Turkish side Besiktas on a one-year loan deal last summer.

Elneny has become a vital cog in the Black Eagles’ engine room, accruing 26 appearances for his side across three different competitions this campaign.

An option to buy is believed to have been inserted into the agreement, with Goal reporting that the Gunners value the 27-year-old at around the £15m mark.

Now, the player himself has spoken to beIN Sports (via Goal) to shed light on whether he sees his future back in North London or remaining in Turkey.

Elneny said regarding his current stint on loan: “Of course I am happy because I feel like I am part of the Besiktas family.

“Always, always, know I am glad to be here and I don’t know about the future.

“Of course I don’t know about the future, but if Besiktas want me they can pay my current team and I can stay.

“Of course I am happy to be here and I always fight to help my team-mates, to help with the club, to improve and to be like I wish.

“Every time I wish we win every game. That’s what we expect because we are a big club and we have big players and we have a good team.”


When quizzed further on if he sees a permanent swap to Turkey on his horizon, the Egyptian added: “Really I don’t know.

“Football always changes and I don’t know about the future.

“I don’t know if the club (Besiktas) want me or not, you have to ask the club as well if they want me or not and if they want me to continue with them.

“I have said all the time I am happy here. I am glad to be here. I always loved playing at big clubs.

“Before I played at Basel in Switzerland, the big club there, Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world and Besiktas is a big club around the world – everyone knows this.

“It is up to the club because if the club want me, I want to stay. I can stay, no problem.”

Meanwhile, the Gunners have reportedly made a £23m-rated star tipped for Euros greatness a ‘priority signing’.