Monday Mar 30, 2020. 13:00
Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady has reflected on his 10-year spell in England.
The experienced right-back originally joined former English champions Sunderland in 2010 on loan before completing a permanent move from ENPPI in his native Egypt.
Elmohamady has since racked up 381 appearances during his time with Sunderland, and English clubs Hull City and Aston Villa.
“I remember my first day in England when I joined Sunderland, the first club I played for,” Elmohamady told Villa’s official website.
“It was a difficult beginning because I came to a different country, different culture and climate without my family and friends.
“But I got used to it well and enjoyed it. There were also some difficulties with language, but over time I learnt it,” he continued.
“I’m proud of what I did, and I hope it will continue for years to come, as I think I’m the first Egyptian player to spend ten years here in England.”
The Villa player has played with several big names in African football at an international level down the years.
“I’ve played with many great players like Mohamed Barakat, Mohamed Aboutrika, Mido, Mohamed Salah and Trezeguet now. I can’t identify one player,” he said.
“They are all great players and I am proud of playing alongside them.”
Elmohamady picked out former Chelsea FC duo of Eden Hazard and Ashley Cole as two toughest opponents.
“Eden Hazard. He was one of the toughest and he is so talented. Also, Ashley Cole when he was in his prime at Chelsea,” he added.