“The difference between what the club offered and what Sassi requested is 25 million pounds,” Abdullah said on Youth and Sports Radio.
He added, “There are players whose contracts are much less than that, for example Abdullah Jumaa earns one million and 200 thousand pounds a year.”
Zamalek is still seeking to renew the contract of his star Sassi. The Tunisian international player’s contract expires next June.
Abdullah added “We negotiated with (Patrice) Carteron and (Hector) Cuper after we decided on the departure of (Jamie) Pacheco. The latter lost control of the dressing room. Any player leaving the stadium as a substitute was dissatisfied with Pachecos decision.”
And he continued, “We reached a final agreement with Cooper for $ 70,000 a month, but the contract did not happen. Cooper did not want to work every day.”
Zamalek sacked Pacheco last March, and Carteron, who collected 6 points from the last 3 rounds in the group stage of the African Champions League, returned the tournament the team had left.
Hisham Ibrahim, deputy chairman of the Zamalek management committee, said on the same radio, “Ferjani Sassi and Ashraf Bencharki, God willing, are continuing with the team. We will not give them away. As soon as financial resources are available, we will renew their contracts.”
He added, “Negotiations (Ahmed Sayed) Zizou and Al-Ahly? We do not take what we hear, we work in an institution, we work with documents, there is nothing to say that he is negotiating with another club.”
Bencharki and Zizou’s contract with Zamalek extends to 2022.
Zamalek officials said earlier that the club is suffering from a financial crisis that has delayed players’ entitlements and the renewal of contracts for some of them.
Zamalek is preparing for the summit match against its guest Al-Ahly on Sunday in a postponed match from the fourth round of the Egyptian Premier League.
Zamalek tops the league standings, 6 points ahead of Al-Ahly, the fourth, and the last has 3 postponed meetings.