Martin Jol sent Jose Mourinho message about Ramadan Sobhi

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Ramadan Sobhi may have literally only just joined Stoke City but he has already touted for bigger things by his former manager.

Ex-Tottenham boss Martin Jol is now in charge of Egyptian champions Al Ahly and has been very openly speaking about the departure of the 19-year-old winger.

Mark Hughes won the race to sign one of the brightest prospects in African football for just £5 million on Monday but Jol has revealed a message he sent to another Premier League manager about Sobhi.


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The Dutch manager is a good friend of Jose Mourinho and has tipped off the Manchester United manager about the ability of Stoke's new star.

“I sent a message to Jose Mourinho, who is in touch with me, asking him to keep an eye on Ramadan with Stoke City as he is a brilliant player and he can play at Manchester United after that,” Jol told the media at a press conference.

Admittedly we don't know how Mourinho responded but Sobhi will be pleased his name is being put forward to one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Mourinho has already brought Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Old Trafford this summer and their main transfer focus is currently directed towards a record-breaking deal for Paul Pogba but if Jol's prediction is accurate Sobhi could well be worth tracking over the next 12 months.

Sobhi, who is nicknamed Ramadona, made his senior debut aged just 16 and has already won two domestic titles. Jol added that he had attempted to persuade the 19-year-old to stay in Egypt but the lure of the Premier League was too much.

"I tried to keep Sobhi in my squad but he insisted on taking his chance in the Premier League. I hope he will succeed in England and I will always support him. I am confident he is ready to play in the English top flight."

It is going to be an important season for a few of last term's underperforming wingers at Old Trafford.

Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj are arguably under the most pressure to improve on the potential they have previously shown while Ashley Young has been used more at left-back and striker than out wide recently.

Knowing Mourinho could already have another winger lined up could prove just the kick up the backside they need to regain some form in the new season.

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