£50,000-a-week loanee has revealed why he left Arsenal past summer

Gunners loanee Mohamed Elneny has spoken to Milliyet and given the first interview since his transfer to the Super Lig club Besiktas. Egypt international recently signed for the Turkish club on a season’s long loan deal after finding his chances at Emirates Stadium limited.

Mohamed has revealed he spoke to Gunners partner Mesut Ozil before deciding to join the Black Eagles earlier this month: “Ozil is an amazing man. He is a person that I care about. We had beautiful moments together at the London club. Of course, I spoke with him before my decision to come to Besiktas.

Mesut knows the country very well. He advised me to join Besiktas. After I completed my move to the club, I called him and invited him here.” Elneny went on to say he thinks he could be a success at Turkey and praised the playing style of the Istanbul club’s coach Abdullah Avci.

The 27-year-old midfielder said Avci’s style is very same to what he saw with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League. With his move to Besiktas, Egyptian midfielder now has the opportunity to kickstart his career after being frozen out at the London club in the past 12 months.

Mohamed is still contracted to Arsenal until June 2022. He joined Arsenal from Basel in 2016 with a €13m deal. Elneny is a regular member of the national team squad and also played in the 2018 World Cup which is already a big success for the midfielder. He won English FA Cup with the Gunners.