Ahmed Elmohamady hopes to retire from football in England.
The Egyptian full-back started his career in his home country, plying his trade with Ghazl El Mahalla and ENPPI between 2004 and 2010.
He has set a target of wrapping up his career in England, which made him adjust to the rigours of playing in the top two tiers of the English football league system.
“I have set an objective since I arrived here in England, and that is to end my career in this country and be the first Egyptian to do so,” Elmohamady told beIN Sports.
“I definitely faced many difficulties along the way since I came here. I started playing in the Premier League and then I was relegated to the Championship.
“For me, the Championship is the toughest league to play in. It’s really tough and there were many obstacles that I had to overcome.
“Setting a target from the start was important as it helped me overcome many hardships faced and it’s a huge factor that kept me going.”
Elmohamady has played three times for Aston Villa this season – who languish in 18th spot on the table with three points from four games.