Mohamed Elneny Wages & Contract
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Mohamed Elneny plays in centre midfield for Arsenal Football Club as well as the Egyptian national team.
His father Nasser Elneny was football-obsessed and wanted his son to become a professional from the day he was born. Everything around Mohamed Elneny was football-oriented growing up. He recounts that, “the one thing I saw every day was football,” and that, “my whole family would play football in the street.”
Luckily for Elneny, his father not only played football, but he was a coach too. He would help to refine Elneny’s natural talents and introduce him to some more abstract coaching methods. “I remember that my father demanded I went to bed with the ball” saying that this would help him “connect with the ball.” Elneny is grateful to his father and has credited him with much of his success in football.
Elneny’s mother played a large role in his success too. She would travel with him from his hometown to Cairo so he could attend training. They would have to wake up at 4 a.m. to travel 2.5 hours to the ground before making the same journey back home again for every session. They did this three times a week and the experience taught Elneny the value of hard work and patience.
At the age of 6, in 1997, he joined Al Ahly, a major team in Cairo. Here, he would develop as a defensive midfielder for their academy teams for 11 years. In 2008, Elneny signed for Al Mokawloon where he was given the chance to play for the first team.
It was here that he began getting noticed by teams internationally. FC Basel were interested in the young midfielder, and he would go on loan with the club in 2013. Elneny would go on to sign a contract with the club in the transfer window that followed and then make his name as one of the best midfielders in Switzerland. During his four seasons with the club, he won the Swiss Super League championship four times.
Elneny's performance with Basel earned him a move to Arsenal in 2016 for a fee of ~£5 million, where he has been an integral part of the squad for years. In 2019, he went on loan to Turkish side Beşiktaş to play in the Süper Lig but returned to North London the following year. Elneny is known for his passing ability, work rate, and energy on the pitch.
Although he does not start every game, he is always in contention and is a valuable substitute when he is needed. His positive outlook on life and the warmth that he brings to the club was highlighted during Amazon’s "All or Nothing"- a series where fans got a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a top-level football club.
In 2011, Elneny received the call-up for the Egyptian national team where he made his international debut against Sierra Leone. Since then, he has become a consistent player for his country and is often seen flying back for matches with fellow Egyptian, Mohamed Salah.