Crystal Palace target Mostafa Mohamed has a God-given gift and a ‘bright future’ in the European game, Galatasaray teammate Ryan Babel told King Fut.
With Palace sniffing around for a new number nine, the Turkish giants have wasted little time in making their stance clear.
Speaking on Friday, Galatasaray’s vice-president insisted that Mohamed would be going nowhere this summer (Milliyet).
Although, with Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi and Connor Wickham all set to depart in July, Crystal Palace could be about to test those waters.
And Babel, who has formed a fine understanding with the Egypt international in Istanbul, will not be surprised to see his young teammate catch the eye of clubs plying their trade in one of Europe’s major leagues.
“Mostafa Mohamed is a very good player,” explained the Holland international, who played Premier League football with Liverpool and Fulham.
“God has endowed him with a great gift that he must preserve. I think Mostafa Mohamed has a bright future ahead of him.”
Mohamed has been compared to fellow Egyptian Mo Salah on occasions but, unlike the Liverpool star, he is at his most effective when through the middle rather than out wide.
A 6ft 1ins centre-forward, Mohamed has scored in three of his four Super Lig games since joining Galatasaray from Zamalek during the January window.