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Keane tried to lure Mido to Sunderland by buying him pizza

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Mido of West Ham is pursued by John Obi Mikel of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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The former Tottenham Hotspur striker explains how awkward he felt when he was tried to be lured into Sunderland in 2006.

In 2006, former Tottenham Hotspur forward Mido was linked with various English Premier League clubs.

He was surplus at the Spurs, after the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov.

And one of those clubs interested in his services was Sunderland, coached by Roy Keane.

“It was never going to work with me and Roy Keane,” Mido was quoted by talkSPORT.

“He took me for lunch. He wanted to convince me to sign for Sunderland just before I joined Middlesbrough. I was at Tottenham.”

“My agent Mino Raiola said, ‘Mido, Roy Keane wants to have lunch with you and show you the training ground’,” he explained.

“So I went to Newcastle airport, he came to pick me up in his Range Rover, we went to Sunderland and he took me to lunch to Pizza Express.”

He explained: “I was very surprised that he didn’t talk to me much. Normally you get a player for lunch, you try to talk to him and try to convince him to sign for your club, but he didn’t talk much, he was just very quiet.”

“I knew straight away that me and him, we could not work together, we would end up fighting. He was talking to me and looking at the ceiling.”

“I knew straight away that it would not work,” Mido concluded.