Ramadan Sobhi should have been preparing to lead Egypt into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – instead, his career is on hold.
Ramadan, who had sparked so much excitement when he joined Stoke City as a teenager in 2016, has been kickstarting his career back at boyhood club Al Ahly on a long-term loan from Huddersfield Town.
And he stepped into the national under-23s team as captain to qualify for the Olympics, which has this week been postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
So too have all top of the table Al Ahly’s fixtures, just like in England.
But Ramadan, now aged 23, told On Time Sports taht he still dreams of returning to Europe to try to fulfil his potential.
“There isn’t any updates with my contract at Al Ahly,” he said. “My loan with the team will end on June 30 but it could be extended in order to finish the Egyptian League and the CAF Champions League with the team.
“I am not the type of person who likes to play on the emotions of the fans, I really want to continue with Al Ahly. However, playing abroad is my number one priority. My dream is to play in Europe and become successful.”
Ramadan, however, would not be pushed on what the next chapter could hold.
He said: “I have not yet made a decision about my future. And I will not talk about it until the end of the season, especially in this period when we do not know when activities will resume.
“I have no idea yet if I have to go back to Huddersfield or to other destinations.”