Anthony Modeste's Surprise Move to Al-Ahly After Dortmund Stint
Anthony Modeste, the former Borussia Dortmund forward, has made a surprising move by joining the reigning Egyptian and African Champions, Al-Ahly, just a year after his high-profile signing with the German club. This move comes as an unexpected twist, as Modeste was initially brought to Dortmund with the lofty expectations of filling the void left by Erling Haaland.
Modeste, a Frenchman, arrived at Dortmund as a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who had been diagnosed with a malignant testicular tumor. It's worth noting that Haller had himself recently joined Dortmund to take over the striking duties from the current goal-scoring sensation at Manchester City, Erling Haaland.
During his tenure at Dortmund last season, the 35-year-old Modeste struggled to make a significant impact, managing to score only two goals in 19 Bundesliga appearances. One of these goals was a dramatic last-minute equalizer that completed a sensational two-goal comeback, securing a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich in October.
Al-Ahly has signed a one-year contract with Modeste, with the possibility of an extension "according to the terms that were agreed," as announced by the club on its website. This move suggests that both parties are willing to evaluate the situation and consider a longer partnership depending on Modeste's performance and fit within the team.
Modeste's debut for Al-Ahly could come as soon as next Friday when the club faces Algerian side USM Alger in the African Super Cup, which will take place in Saudi Arabia. Following this, the Egyptian League will kick off three days later, marking the start of Modeste's journey with his new team in a different footballing landscape.