West Brom boss Slaven Bilic has admitted he wanted Ahmed Hegazi to remain at the Hawthorns this season.
The Egyptian international left the Baggies late on Sunday evening to join Saudi club Al-Ittihad in a loan-to-buy deal.
Bilic claimed he had assurances from the Albion board that Hegazi would stay, sharing the defender himself wanted to stay too.
The Baggies boss shared his disappointment after the 1-1 draw against Brighton, a game Hegazi was set to be involved in.
“It was certainly not my decision,” he said.
“Even on Saturday when we were doing the tactics shape, he was there. I had assurances he would stay. I’m very disappointed. He wanted to stay.”
Bilic on Hegazi.
"It was certainly not my decision. Even on Saturday when we were doing the tactics shape, he was there. I had assurances he would stay. I'm very disappointed. He wanted to stay." #wba
— Joe Chapman (@ChapmanJ92) October 26, 2020
Hegazi was certainly missed on Monday, especially in the first half.
Branislav Ivanovic was affected by the introduction of Semi Ajayi, and it took the new partnership an hour of the 1-1 draw to settle down.
In the end, it looks as though money has talked.
Guochuan Lai is doing himself no favours at the Hawthorns.
The owner is already facing calls from the Baggies faithful to sell up, and these latest comments from Bilic won’t help that.
Steve Madeley claimed on Monday that this deal along with saved wages will hand West Brom up to £10million – something that hasn’t changed the mind of many.
Hegazi was clearly favoured at the Hawthorns, and Bilic has joined the fans in speaking out against this latest decision.
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