Roberto Martinez tried to sign Ahmed Elmohamady two years ago, now linked with Aston Villa job

#3 Ahmed Elmohamady of Egypt looks on during the International Friendly between Egypt and Greece at the Letzigrund Stadium on March 27, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Aston Villa are looking for a replacement for Steve Bruce, with Roberto Martinez linked.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Belgium on September 7, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

If Roberto Martinez takes over at Aston Villa, he will finally get the chance to work with Ahmed Elmohamady.

Martinez attempted to sign Elmohamady back in 2016, when he was in charge at Everton, as revealed by the defender to DMC Sports.

Elmohamady was all set to move to Goodison Park, but then Everton replaced Martinez with Ronald Koeman, and the deal fell through.

 

He said: “Last season I received offers from Everton, Crystal Palace, and Swansea City.

“However, my move to Everton was compromised due to the departure of Roberto Martinez, and the signing of Ronald Koeman.”

#3 Ahmed Elmohamady of Egypt looks on during the International Friendly between Egypt and Greece at the Letzigrund Stadium on March 27, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Egyptian defender has now ended up at Villa, and in a twist of fate, he could now end up working with Martinez anyway.

According to Sky Sports, Villa have put Belgium manager Martinez on their wishlist as they look to replace Bruce.

The claret and blues are determined to improve after a poor start to the campaign.

And the appointment of a manager of Martinez’s quality could help to propel them up the Championship table.

Ahmed Elmohamady of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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