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Egypt star enjoying 'dream' league

Ahmed Elmohamady
Elmohamady is enjoying life at Sunderland

Egypt's Ahmed Elmohamady it determined to make his stay at Sunderland a long one after agreeing a permanent move.

The 23-year-old has impressed since arriving at the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan from Cairo-based side ENPPI in August 2010.

The Black Cats confirmed last week that they will hand him a permanent deal when the current arrangement expires.

"I like the club and I have done ever since I got here," Elmohamady said.

"That is why I stay. Everyone is excellent - the club, players and fans."

Egypt international Elmohamady still has much to learn, but has been a hit in the Barclays Premier League, where he has played as both an out-and-out winger and a full-back.

Bruce has been delighted with the player's contribution in his 29 appearances to date, and the feeling is mutual.

Elmohamady told the club's official website, "I like Mr Bruce a lot. He has helped me very much since I arrived here and I think he is a good person and a good manager.

"My fellow players have treated me well and there is a good feeling in the place.

"We have excellent players and they are excellent outside the pitch too.

"It is a dream for me to play in the Premier League. I have imagined it ever since I was a child. For me, it is the best league in the world, strong and quick."

The winger arrived in the north-east with little English, but his language skills are improving rapidly as he prepares to put down roots in the region.

He said: "My English is getting better. I am learning quickly and still having lessons with a teacher, but I am doing okay."

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Muntari joins Sunderland on loan
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