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Mohamed Zidan rules out return to Egypt

Mohamed Zidan, whose future with UAE side Bani Yas remains uncertain, says he does not want to return to Egypt

Hatem Maher, Friday 14 Jun 2013
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Egyptian forward Mohamed Zidan (Photo: Reuters)
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Forward Mohamed Zidan has ruled out a return to Egypt this summer after falling out of favour with United Arab Emirates club Bani Yas.

Reports suggest Zidan will be offloaded by Bani Yas after they left him out of their squad last January after accusing him of feigning injury, signing his compatriot Mohamed Abou-Treika on a short-term loan deal as a replacement.

"I don't know what will happen with regards to my future at Bani Yas. No official from the club has talked to me about that, I don't know whether they will release me or register me in their squad for the coming season," Zidan told Emarat Alyoum newspaper.

"I have no other offers in the UAE, and I have received no offers from Europe," he added.

Zidan joined Bani Yas in the summer of 2012 after ending a seven-year stint in the German Bundesliga, where he played for Werder Bremen, Mainz, Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund.

He failed to impress in his first season in the Arab Gulf country and fell out with Egypt coach Bob Bradley after skipping an African Cup of Nations qualifier last year without permission.

"I'm not thinking of returning to Egypt, although [Cairo clubs] Ahly and Zamalek were interested in signing me before I moved to the UAE. The competitions in Egypt are not stable," Zidan added.

There are doubts over whether the Egyptian Premier League, which is entering its final phase, would be completed, given planned protests against President Mohamed Morsi's rule on 30 June.

Zidan has never played in the Egyptian top flight, having left the country as an 18-year-old in 1999 after coming through the youth ranks of Port Said-based club Masry.

He helped Egypt win the African Cup of Nations twice in 2008 and 2010. He is also fondly remembered for scoring two goals in Egypt's dramatic 4-3 defeat by Brazil at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

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