Mido Claims Roy Keane Tried To Sign Him In Pizza Express

Mido Claims Roy Keane Tried To Sign Him In Pizza Express

Mido never worked with Roy Keane but the Corkman did once try to sign him while he was manager of Sunderland.

Keane's venue of choice for a meeting - according to Mido - was, curiously, Pizza Express (aka Milano in the Republic of Ireland).

"He took me for lunch," Mido told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Talksport.

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

My agent Mino Raiola - the agent of Pogba, Balotelli and Zlatan, he was my agent for ten years - said, ‘Mido, Roy Keane wants to have lunch with you and show you the training ground’.

So I went to Newcastle airport, he came to pick me up. We went to Sunderland and he took me to lunch at Pizza Express.

"I was very surprised that he didn’t talk to me much," continued Mido.

"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 never work."


It was reported at the time that Sunderland did make an offer of £6 million to Spurs for the striker. However, he chose to sign for Middlesbrough instead.

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