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Zamalek says that Malaga put Ibrahim interest on hold

La Liga club was said to be close to signing the striker

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Spanish football club Malaga has delayed signing Zamalek striker Mohamed Ibrahim, the elite Egyptian team said on Monday.

The La Liga club was reportedly close to singing the forward on a six-month loan from January, but the deal has currently been postponed, according to Egyptian daily al-Ahram.

“Malaga have asked us to delay Ibrahim signing until next summer,” Zamalek marketing director Khaled Refaat told the club’s official site, according to the newspaper.

“The Spanish club is currently struggling at the Spanish league table and so they informed us that their priority now is signing an experienced player in the domestic league,” Refaat added.

Ibrahim received attention after impressive showings last season, helping Zamalek make a stunning Egyptian Premier League start before the tournament was scrapped due to Egypt’s political chaos.

“I would like to thank all Zamalek officials for doing much effort to reach an agreement for the loan deal, but Malaga decided only to postpone it,” the player’s agent Tamer Yousry said.

Malaga are currently at 13th in the league table, with 17 points from 16 games. They are currently 26 points behind Barcelona, the leaders.