AHMED ELMOHAMADY admits it was an “easy decision” to join Hull on a permanent basis after finalising his Sunderland exit.
Sunderland’s bank balance was further boosted yesterday when Elmohamady’s departure to newly-promoted Hull City was confirmed, as the Echo had revealed earlier in the week.
Elmohamady has penned a three-year deal with the Tigers for an undisclosed fee, which is understood to be the £2million clause agreed when the Egyptian re-joined ex-Sunderland boss Steve Bruce at the KC Stadium on a season-long loan last August.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a productive loan spell in the Championship last season, winning Hull’s Player of the Year accolade during his 41 appearances en route to Hull’s promotion.
And with Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio showing no inclination to bring Elmohamady back to the Stadium of Light, the winger was happy to commit his future to Hull.
“It feels great to be here permanently, especially after what happened here last season,” said Elmohamady.
“It was a great year and I thoroughly enjoyed playing for this club. Everything about it was great – the players, the staff, the fans – and I am delighted to be here again.
“It’s going to be great to play in the Premier League again, especially with Hull City, and I am very much looking forward to the new season.
“Moving here was an easy decision to make. The fans are fantastic and it will be enjoyable to play in front of them in the Premier League.”
Bruce, who brought Elmohamady to Wearside from Egyptian club ENPPI, has played a key role in the wideman’s decision to both initially join Hull and then commit his future to the club.
“The manager was the one who brought me over from Egypt to play for Sunderland and now he has brought me here,” added Elmohamady, who made 56 Premier League appearances for Sunderland during two years at the Stadium of Light, initially on loan before joining permanently for £2m.
“I really enjoy playing for him and I look forward to doing so again now.”
H Former Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse has left relegated QPR by mutual consent.
Cisse spent the second half of last season on loan at Middle Eastern outfit Al-Gharafa and will become a free agent from July 1.