Mostafa Mohamed has admitted that he almost rejected a move to Galatasaray because of Radamel Falcao.
In January, the forward signed for the Turkish giants from Zamalek and he has established himself as one of the key players at the Istanbul-based club.
Speaking to Egyptian publication KingFut, the 23-year-old said the presence of the Colombian veteran almost made him decide not to sign for Fatih Terim’s side.
Falcao has spent the majority of the season out through injury, but he recently made a return to action as Galatasaray push to clinch the title. Instead of making them compete, Terim has been playing the duo together in a 4-4-2 formation up front.
The 35-year-old Falcao has netted eight goals and assisted another two in 14 appearances so far this season.
Nigeria striker Henry Onyekuru has also been doing well for the club since joining them on a season-long loan from AS Monaco. Onyekuru has netted five goals in 11 appearances for the Cimbom.
“Radamel Falcao was one of the reasons that led me to reject Galatasaray at the beginning.
“I thought I would find it difficult to get playing time with him being part of the Galatasaray squad.
“But in the end, I saw that I could get along with Falcao to form a strong partnership and this is what is happening now.”
Since his arrival, Mohammed has found the back of the net on six occasions. Five of the goals have come in the Turkish Super Lig while the other strike came in the Turkish Cup.
Galatasaray currently sit in third position on the log with 61 points from 31 games. Besiktas lead the pack with 67 points followed closely by Fenerbahce with 63 points.
On Saturday evening, they will face Karagumruk in match day 32 of the Super Lig as they look to close the gap on their rivals.
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