Omar Marmoush has turned down a new contract at VFL Wolfsburg amid interest from Premier League trio Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest, the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Jorg Schmadtke tells the Wolfsburger Allgemeine.
Earlier this week, the £20 million-rated Egypt interntional appeared to have put an end to speculation linking him with a move away from the Volkswagen Arena.
“I’ve decided that I’m staying,” he tells WAZ.
Schmadtke, then, may have been as surprised as anyone to learn that Marmoush had turned down the chance to extend his current deal beyond the summer of 2023.
Does the former Stuttgart loanee plan to run down his contract before leaving on a free? Or is he simply unhappy about the terms on offer? Either way, Wolfsburg are back to the drawing board, one of their most exciting young players weighing up his future.
Omar Marmoush linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Nottingham Forest
“At the moment we cannot find a solution in terms of a contract extension,” Schmadtke sighs. “We have signalled our willingness to extend. But the other side does not want to extend at the moment.”
According to BILD, London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal have been watching Marmoush. A set-piece specialist who ‘dreams’ of the Premier League, he is one of a number of talented young right-wingers on Mikel Arteta’s radar. Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby and Villarreal speedster Yeremi Pino are also targets.
Kicker, meanwhile, say that Marmoush also has admirers at the City Ground. Big-spending Nottingham Forest have already brought in his former Stuttgart team-mate Orel Mangala.
But Wolfsburg are not going to be bullied into a sale; Schmadtke insisting that Marmoush’s contract rejection is not going to chance their stance.
“We will not let Omar go,” the director adds.
23-year-old Marmoush, rated highly by fellow Egyptian Mo Salah, has started all three of Wolfsburg’s Bundesliga games since the appointment of former Bayern Munich and Monaco coach Niko Kovac.
“My dream is the Premier League,” Marmoush admits. “I don’t have a favourite club, but I watch Arsenal and Liverpool a lot.”