Mido hits out at Boro
Mido has accused Middlesbrough of trying to force him out in order to avoid paying him his 'financial dues'.
Last Updated: 30/07/10 7:13pm
Striker Mido has accused Middlesbrough of trying to force him out of the club in order to avoid paying him his 'financial dues'.
The 27-year-old Egyptian had been poised to join Dutch giants Ajax this summer, but the Eredivisie club failed to reach a deal with Boro over his transfer.
And Mido, who arrived at Riverside three years ago before spending time on loan at Wigan, West Ham and his boyhood club Zamalek, says the North East outfit are now desperate to offload him.
"Middlesbrough are doing their best to force me out because they don't want to give me my financial dues," Mido told FilGoal.com.
"It's not the first time for them to do that. They have done it before with several players such as Mohamed Shawky, Gaizka Mendieta and Jimmy Hasselbaink.
"But I will not be like them, I will not give up my rights."
Mido, who has one year remaining on his current Boro deal, was omitted from the club's pre-season trip to Ireland, with manager Gordon Strachan claiming he had stayed behind to work on his fitness.
The striker claims Strachan was making excuses, but is adamant he will not be shunted out of the Middlesbrough set-up.
"I was dropped from the training camp because the club claimed I was unfit," added Mido.
"This is something that has not happened to any other player in the history of football.
"It is only natural that the players be not fully fit at the beginning of the pre-season training camp, during which they get physically prepared to play in the new campaign.
"Moreover, I did not have fitness problems. I played regularly with West Ham in the second half of last season, except the last two league games, and lost seven kilograms during the summer.
"I will not leave Middlesbrough until I find a suitable offer elsewhere. If I don't find that offer, I will stay until the end of my contract and gain my financial rights."