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Egypt's Mido leaves Ajax at his own request

By Ibrahim Sannie
BBC Sport

Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam in action for Ajax Amsterdam
Mido's second spell with the Dutch giants lasted only four months

Egypt striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam has left Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam after just four months at the club.

The 27-year-old's request to leave the Dutch outfit was approved by Ajax officials on Tuesday.

Mido rejoined Ajax in September on a one-year loan deal under then-coach Martin Jol.

But Jol resigned in December and has since been replaced by Frank de Boer, with the change of coach leading to the departure of the Pharoahs star.

"It's over now. I agreed with Ajax's officials to annul my deal," said Mido, who also played for Ajax between 2001 and 2003.

He played 11 matches and scored four goals since rejoining the club in September, but the presence of Mounir El Hamdaoui and Luis Suarez meant he was mainly used as a substitute.

The striker insists he will stay in Europe to continue his career despite reported interest from one of his former clubs, Zamalek of Egypt.

His agents say they are in talks with Deportivo La Coruna over a permanent move to the Spanish side.

"Now I'm free to join any other club in the current winter transfer window," the former Middlesbrough player added.

"I have received several offers from Spain and England that I'm now considering."

Mido has featured for 10 different clubs since starting his career with Zamalek, including the likes of Marseille, Celta Vigo, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.

see also
Boro striker Mido makes Ajax move
01 Sep 10 |  African
Mido & Ilan join West Ham on loan
01 Feb 10 |  West Ham
Mido completes move back to Egypt
04 Aug 09 |  Middlesbrough

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