Hull City’s Ahmed Elmohamady may only sign a new contract if Hull City earn promotion from the Championship, and the same also applies to former England international Tom Huddlestone and Sone Aluko, manager Steve Bruce has said.
Elmohamady has seen himself slip down the pecking order at the KCOM Stadium in recent weeks, making just six league starts in his last 19 appearances, with Robert Snodgrass, who recently scooped the club’s Goal of the Season award, preferred on the right side of midfield.
The Egyptian international has been a fixture in the Hull squad ever since signing from Sunderland back 2012, where he first arrived on loan before joining permanently for a fee in the region of £2 million
Bruce, speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, has said whether the 28 year gets a new contract will all come down to what league the club play in next year.
“I would think it's 50-50 [whether Elmohamady will stay for next season]
"The club has found it very difficult, as any club would. There's a handful of players out of contract (in the summer) where we simply have to wait and see because we don't know what league we will be in.
"Of course, if we're in this league next season, we're in no position to offer Elmo the contract that he wants. That's the nuts and bolts of it and it applies to Tom Huddlestone and Sone Aluko as well. If you stay in the Championship for another year, ultimately you have to cut your cloth accordingly."
Hull City are thought to be looking to tighten their belts should they find themselves spending another season in the Championship, especially with the spectre of the Financial Fair Play looming overhead.
The Tigers still have the chance to bounce straight back into the Premier League, but they will have to overcome Derby County in the play-off semi-finals first.
Elmohamady, who has made over 70 appearances for his country, was an important part of the squad that last earned Hull promotion three years ago. However, it seems that it is not only his Premier League hopes that hinge on promotion this time around, but also his footballing future.