Egyptian striker Mohammed Zidan has revealed that he is interested in making a return to the Danish Superligaen with a few clubs still in contact with him.
The 31-year-old Zidan said: “I have spoken to the clubs that I have a personal relationship with. So FC Midtjylland and AGF.”
“I have a really good relationship with Brian Steen Nielsen, who I talk very private with. He’s in AGF, and we have since talked back and forth about my situation.
“He asked if it could be possible with AGF. I said that AGF of course are a very, very interesting club. It is a traditional club that has a great audience. So they are interesting. Also because Brian is such a large part of the club, I will come to a club where I have a good relationship with someone. It means a lot.
Zidan, whose contract with Baniyas of the UAE is set to expire in the summer, also added that there have yet to be any official negotiations, and his agent hasn’t been contacted.
The Egypt international hasn’t featured for the UAE side since last January after the club refused to enrol him in their squad list for “claiming to be injured on several occasions.”
The controversial striker also commented on the six-year prison sentence he had hanging over his head: “The case is completely over. I have agreed with the company in Egypt that have drawn lawsuit. So now I can concentrate completely on football again,” he said.
It is worth noting Zidan scored 30 goals in the two seasons he spent at FC Midtjylland – 9 of which he scored in the first three games played in the club’s newly built stadium. The stadium is now locally known as the ‘Zidan Arena’, and his number 14 shirt was retired after his massive contributions towards the club.
Cardiff City boast a talented U18 squad for tonight’s FA Youth Cup tie with Blackburn Rovers.
City’s squad includes highly-rated Cardiff-born Abdi Noor, a winger or forward who is in the Wales under-19 squad, plus two players who were born in DR Congo.
They are pacey centre-forward Yora Enzam and left-sided defender David Tutonda, while Nathan Okoye was born in Tel Aviv.
Eli Phipps, who has fired six goals in Cardiff’s three Welsh Cup wins this season, and Craig Bellamy’s son Ellis are also in the Cardiff squad along with Gary Lavery, a young striker signed from Glenavon in Northern Ireland.
An agent for FC Basle winger Mohamed Salah was at Liverpool on the weekend.
The Daily Mail says Basle are willing to sell the 21-year-old who has been dubbed ‘the Egyptian Messi’ for around £15million. He can play anywhere across the front line, is technically good and has blistering pace. He has scored six goals in 22 games for Basle this season and 17 in 26 internationals for his country.
Tottenham sporting director Franco Baldini watched Salah against Chelsea in November but they may hold off bidding for him with a central striker more their priority for January.
Chelsea striker Demba Ba has rejected a move to West Ham United.
The Daily Express says Ba is preparing to snub the advances of West Ham in January.
West Ham want to bring Ba back to Upton Park, but the 28-year-old is set to snub a return to the club he scored seven goals in just 13 games for during the 2010/11 season.
Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o is considering a move to the MLS next season.
The Guardian says Eto’o's stint in the Premier League is set to be limited to a solitary season, with the veteran Cameroon forward expected to move to Major League Soccer once his contract at Chelsea expires next summer.
Los Angeles Galaxy, DC United and Club Deportivo Chivas USA are potential destinations. Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire also likely to express interest.
The four-times African player of the year had been heavily linked with FC Toronto, coached by the former Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen, but is thought to favour a move to the US rather than Canada.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba admits he never wanted to leave Marseille in 2004.
When the club came in for him just after he had helped Marseille reach the 2004 Uefa Cup final, he admits he was reluctant to leave.
Galatasaray striker Drogba said: “I didn’t want to move. I had started something with Marseille and I didn’t finish it.
“It was frustration because I had to leave; both clubs agreed.”
MLS side Columbus Crew have re-signed Ghanaian-born speedy forward Dominic Oduro.
The Crew announced on Monday that they have re-signed the MLS veteran after he posted a team-high 13 goals last year, his first with the team. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Dominic is the most explosive player in the league, and he will play an important role in our plans moving forward,” Crew sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement.
“There was lot of competition for Dominic’s signature, but he wanted to stay in Columbus, and when a coach hears that it’s a great feeling. We’re very happy to get this deal done and we look forward to seeing him back with the club in preseason training.”
Oduro’s 13-goal scoring clip tied Andres Mendoza (2011) for the Crew’s highest goal-scoring output in the past five seasons, marking the third-highest rate for a player in his first year in a Crew jersey, trailing only Brian McBride with 17 goals in 1996 and Stern John, who scored 26 times in 1998.
Oduro, 28, also matched his career high with four assists for the Crew, who acquired him from the Chicago Fire last February in a deal for midfielder Dilly Duka.
Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o had a cunning plan to keep himself toasty on the bench during Chelsea’s trip to Stoke – by warming up his feet with TWO hot water bottles!
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was left to lament a late goal as the visitors slipped to a 3-2 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
And Eto’o could not help the Blues find the net after coming on as a second half substitute, despite managing to keep his toes warm in the North-West.
Eto’o came out before kick-off clutching two hot water bottles and placed one on each foot as he sat on the bench with fellow sub Kevin De Bruyne.
The Cameroon international looked happy with his nifty plan, although he should be used to cold temperatures having spent two seasons in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala.
Eto’o also donned a Chelsea winter coat before being called off the bench after 70 minutes, but he failed to fire up Mourinho’s side in front of goal.
The Egyptian Premier league will begin this month, the Minister of Sports has announced after reachinh a preliminary agreement with the Interior ministry.
After having the last two seasons cancelled for security reasons, it looks as though Egypt’s domestic football league will finally kick off this month.
Speaking with Ahram Sports on Monday, Sports Minister Taher Abou-Zweid confirmed that he had met with the Interior Ministry and received a preliminary go-ahead regarding the start of the season.
The Egyptian football association (EFA) set 26 December as the future start date, but the matter still depends on final security approval.
The new season will be played using a two group format
The competition’s draw will be held on Tuesday.
Ivory Coast are reportedly planning to offer Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry a spot in their World Cup squad in a bid to convince him to commit his international future to them.
The 18-year-old is a Germany youth international and coach Joachim Loew is said to be considering giving him a full call-up.
But that is unlikely to happen ahead of next summer’s tournament given the depth of talent at Low’s disposal, and Ivory Coast hope to capitalise on that with a chance to go to the World Cup.
Gnabry, who was born in Stuttgart, is eligible to play for the African country where his father originates from.
The youngster, who recently signed a new five-year deal at Arsenal after breaking into the first-team, will now have to decide in the coming weeks whether he wants to go to Brazil or bide his time and hope that a Germany call-up comes in the next year or two.