By Ameenu Shardow
Midfielder Ahmed Hassan says he will quit Zamalek on the day he is expected to help the side in the Champions League game against Berekum Chelsea.
The 37-year-old has handed in a transfer request in anticipation of a move to Belgian club Lierse.
The Egypt skipper has however been told by Zamalek Board Member, Ibrahim Youssef to reconsider his decision as new coach Jorvan Viera is still interested in his services.
Hassan who joined the White Knights on a free transfer from rivals Al Ahly in 2008 is however adamant he will quit the club within the next 48 hours after getting permission from coach Viera.
“With all due respect to Ibrahim Youssef, this is not true. I have the approval of coach Vieira and I will use it when the time comes,” Hassan said.
“My decision to quit Zamalek is final and I am still firm on the deadline I have set for them to rescind my contract before I do it myself.
“The following 48 hours are my last with Zamalek.”
The development comes as a major distraction for Zamalek who are still in search of their first win in the Champions League this term.
They host dethroned Ghana Premier League champions, Berekum Chelsea at the Military Stadium in Cairo on Saturday.