Mohamed Elneny has been short of playing time this season and is out of contract next summer, so it’s expected he’ll be on his way out when the campaign comes to a close.
Agent William D’avila tried to drum up interest in his client earlier in November, claiming the likes of Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Basaksehir, Besiktas and Trabzonspor were keen, but there was a more recent rumour that suggested Elneny’s former club El Ahly were keen on a January move.
The 29-year-old’s father has refuted the latest claims, however, insisting Arsenal will ‘not terminate (Elneny’s) contract’ when the winter transfer window opens. He also added that Mikel Arteta still has faith in the Egyptian international and considers him a useful squad player.
The father told Al Hayat TV (h/t Sport Witness): “Mohamed’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season. 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.”
Elneny joined Arsenal from FC Basel in 2016 and has gone on to make 136 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals with eight assists. He finds himself on the periphery now, however, as Granit Xhaka, Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Thomas Partey have been preferred in the engine room.
The 29-year-old has made 6/16 appearances across the board this season, amassing a paltry 221 minutes of football from a possible 1440, so his days appear numbered. Elneny’s lack of progress in signing a new deal speaks volumes, but his father isn’t giving up until his deal has expired.
Given the Egyptian has featured from the bench a handful of times, Arteta still needs him in some form. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to terminate Elneny’s contract midway through the campaign, so his father is probably right to suggest the midfield will remain until May.