Omar Gaber talked about his next step joining FC Basel, language and culture concerns, and following the same footsteps of fellow Egyptians Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny.
Minutes before he entered the airport, Gaber talked with a number of fans and reporters outside about his new adventure. Zamalek reached an agreement with FC Basel in which the right-back will move to Basel in a deal worth 1.65 million Euros, with a 15% sell-on fee for Zamalek, in case the player was sold by Basel.
“Zamalek were helpful with the negotiations and everything went smoothly unlike what usually happens,” Gaber explained.
When asked about his ambitions after Basel Gaber said: “For now, I will only focus on my performance with Basel. I have a new challenge and I will do my best to excel. Hopefully in the future I might go to another club in Europe but for now, I just want to perform well with Basel.”
The 24-years-old will be the fourth player to join the RotBlau after Salah, Elneny and Ahmed Hamoudi. “Mohamed Salah and Elneny both went to Basel and later went to other big European clubs and we come from the same generation. I hope that one day I follow their steps.” Salah spoke with Gaber before his move. “He talked with me about wearing number 22 which he used to wear with the club but the officials at Basel told me that I will be wearing number 4 with the team,” he added.
When asked about how he will adapt to living in Europe and language problems that might face him. Gaber assured that this will not be a problem. “I am not worried about that, I met with Basel’s officials and we spoke English together,” he explained.
The player arrived to Switzerland Monday morning and will undergo medical tests on Monday and Tuesday before his official unveiling.
“I would like to thank all Zamalek fans for the past few years, I want to thank them for their constant support and I wish all the best for the team,” he concluded.