Slaven Bilic holds further talks with West Brom bosses as tensions grow at the Hawthorns following controversial sale of midfielder Ahmed Hegazi
- West Brom bosses have held further talks with disgruntled boss Slaven Bilic
- Bilic was left unhappy at the controversial sale of defender Ahmed Hegazi
- Hegazi is not believed to have pushed for a move but was sold regardless
Slaven Bilic has revealed he held further talks with West Brom bosses to discuss the controversial sale of Ahmed Hegazi amid growing tension behind the scenes at The Hawthorns.
The Croatian revealed he had had discussions with technical director Luke Dowling and chief executive Xu Ke two days after his team drew 1-1 at Brighton on Monday.
In the meeting, Bilic said he had reiterated his opinion about the departure of Hegazi. At Brighton, Bilic said he was ‘disappointed’ the Egyptian defender, who had started the previous game against Burnley, had been allowed to join Saudi club Al-Ittihad.
Slaven Bilic has held further talks with his bosses at West Brom as tensions remain high
Egyptian Ahmed Hegazi was able to leave the club just 24 hours before their Brighton clash
Hegazi is believed to have said his goodbyes to his West Brom team-mates on Tuesday but the 29-year-old had not asked to leave.
The centre back, who was earning about £60,000 per week, signed an initial loan deal with a £3million obligation to buy.
‘I said what I want to say and it needed to be said,’ said Bilic. ‘I also said it after the game when we came back to the training ground the day after to the people from the board, from the club, and for me that’s finished.
Bilic has bemoaned the incomings and outgoings in what was a difficult summer window
‘I had to protect the team and the staff and everybody, my position. It’s nothing secret but now I want to close the chapter.’
Long before Hegazi was sold, Bilic was hugely frustrated with the limited funds available for transfers following promotion to the Premier League last July.
He had identified Karlan Grant and Filip Krovinovic as key targets early in the window, but the pair arrived only as it drew to a close, missing the first four games of the campaign.
Krovinovic, who is spending a second season on loan, and Grant have already made a difference, with Grant scoring the equaliser against Brighton and starting both that game and the 0-0 draw with Burnley, as did Grant.
Meanwhile, Kamil Grosicki will stay with West Brom until January after his loan move to Nottingham Forest was blocked because the clubs missed the 5pm deadline on October 16.
Karlan Grant arrived from Huddersfield for £15m but West Brom had endured a poor window