Mido considering return to Zamalek

Hatem Maher, Wednesday 5 Jan 2011

The nomadic striker announces that his old club are one of the options he is thinking over after deciding to leave Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam


Mido has announced he is considering rejoining his boyhood club Zamalek during the current January transfer window, just a year after he left them following a brief and unsuccessful spell.

The Egyptian striker is set to terminate his contract with Ajax Amsterdam, the club he joined on a season-long loan from English second-division side Middlesbrough in the close season.

He will leave the Dutch giants after struggling to gain regular first-team football as former coach Martin Jol and his successor Frank de Boer opted to rely on Uruguayan Luis Suarez and Moroccan Mounir El-Hamdaoui upfront.

“Coach Hossam Hassan opened talks with me over a possible move to Zamalek. I promised him that I would consider his proposal,” Mido said in a television interview.

“I need 48 hours to consider the matter and make a decision because the media warred against me the last time I played for Zamalek.”

Mido joined the Cairo club in the summer of 2009 but he hardly made an impact, scoring just one goal before departing in January 2010 after accepting an offer from English Premier League side West Ham.

But he might be lured into another adventure at Zamalek, who nurtured him as a youngster before he went on to play for a host of clubs in Europe including AS Roma, Marseille, Celta Vigo and Tottenham Hotspur.

“What tempts me to return to Zamalek is the presence of Hossam Hassan and (football director) Ibrahim Hassan,” the 27-year-old, who is constantly criticized for being overweight, said.

“I’m also considering other offers from (Spanish duo) Espanyol and Deportivo La Crouna so I have to mull my options carefully.

“Anyway, If I move to Zamalek I will stay there just until the end of the season,” the nomadic frontman added.

The White Knights are in dire need of a new striker after Ivorian Abou Kone failed to establish himself following his summer arrival.

Ahmed Gaafar, who barely repaid the faith of Hossam Hassan, said he is seeking to leave Zamalek this month after growing increasingly frustrated with limited first-team opportunities.

Amr Zaki is the only reliable striker at Hassan’s disposal but his season so far has been plagued by a niggling knee injury.  

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