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Mido reveals Roy Keane almost lured him to Sunderland

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Former Egypt striker has disclosed a behind the scenes story where he was almost snatched by Sunderland before signing for Middlesbrough in 2007.

Mido had an eventful career in England where he spent five years playing in the English first tier the Premier League, the longest spell he had in a foreign league.

Mido played a total of 94 games where he scored 22 goals. The 36-year-old has played for the likes of Tottenham, Middlesbrough and Wigan. He also spent an underwhelming season at Barnsley before retirement in the Championship.

However, Mido revealed that another English club could have gone into the mix of the sides he played for.

“I never worked with , but he took me for lunch! He wanted to convince to come and sign for Sunderland just before I signed for Middlesbrough when I was at Tottenham,” Mido told talkSport.

“My agent Mino Raiola said ‘Mido, Roy Keane wants to have lunch with you’. He picked me up from Newcastle, we went to Sunderland and he took me to lunch at Pizza Express (laughs).”

“I was very surprised that he didn’t talk to me much. Normally you take the player to lunch and try to talk to him to try to convince him sign for the club, but he was just very quiet. I knew straight away that we can’t work together, we will end up fighting.”

“He was talking to me and looking at the ceiling, I knew straight away that it will never work.”

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