Benjelloun agrees Egyptian exit
Abdessalam Benjelloun is to leave Hibs because the club want to cash in, according to the striker.
Last Updated: 21/07/09 9:12am
Morocco international Abdessalam Benjelloun is set to leave Hibernian because the SPL club want to raise funds, according to the striker.
The 24-year-old has one season remaining on his contract at Easter Road but he has announced that he has accepted an offer to join Egyptian champions Al Ahly.
Benjelloun, who spent last season on loan in Belgium, was expected to return to pre-season with Hibs, but instead he looks set to leave the club after failing to show up.
The seven-time Morocco international believes last season's seventh-placed SPL side are keen to cash in, and he is therefore willing to help.
Benjelloun told the Daily Record: "I have opted for Al Ahly as the Hibs chairman (Rod Petrie) wants to profit from my transfer.
"I wanted to do the club a favour, especially as my contract will be up next year.
"They welcomed me and opened the doors to professionalism to me.
"Al Ahly are a big club full of internationals. They will enable me to improve as a player."
Benjelloun claims German side Bochum and Austrian outfit Salzburg were interested in his services, but he had already agreed a return to Africa.
He added: "Bochum and Salzburg also made offers for me. But I had already agreed in principle to join Al Ahly."