CAIRO: Ahmed Hassan said on Sunday he was not concerned at being frequently substituted by Ahly coach Manuel Jose as long as fans applaud him.
I perform well and the fans applaud me and chant my name, so I have no problems, he told Ahly TV following the team s 3-0 Champions League victory over Tanzania s Young Africans.
The veteran midfielder put in some impressive displays lately but was always replaced in the second half.
Reports said that he was unhappy with Jose s actions and that he was considering leaving Ahly in the summer.
But Hassan, who left the pitch during Ahly s comfortable win over Young Africans with a smile on his face, said those reports were groundless.
I m fed up with all talks saying that I m unhappy at Ahly. I ve to respect the technical staff s decisions, he added.
Ahly assistant coach Hossam Al-Badri highlighted the important role the Egypt skipper plays within the team.
Hassan always gives us solutions because he can play in many positions. His fighting spirit is also a huge asset for the team, he said.