Mido backs Boro for Europe
Striker attracted by 'ambition'
By Peter Fraser. Last Updated: August 17, 2007 3:28pm
Mido: Happy with move
New Middlesbrough striker Mido admits that the club's 'ambition' is what attracted him to The Riverside.
"It is easy to see how this club is ambitious."
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Mido was also linked with moves to Birmingham and Sunderland, but he insists that he moved to Boro because he believes that the club have the ability to reach Europe.
The 24-year-old has also admitted his delight at finally completing his £6million move to Boro and he is now keen to put a frustrating summer behind him and to start working with manager Gareth Southgate.
"It's been a little bit of an irritating summer," Mido told Sky Sports News.
"To be honest once Middlesbrough showed up and once I met the gaffer I made up my mind and I'm very happy that I'm here.
"After I spoke to the gaffer and what he told me about his plans it is easy to see how this club is ambitious.
"This club has the ability to be in the top-six and this is where I wanted to be and hopefully I can play a big role in it."
Mido also insists that it was not a difficult decision to leave Tottenham in order to move to the North East.
"I don't see Middlesbrough in a lower level to Tottenham," Mido added.
"People forget that when I signed for Tottenham they were a mid-table club and in my first full season we finished fifth.
"I'm very confident that with the quality at Middlesbrough we can also push and get into Europe."
The Egyptian foward was also quick to play down speculation that he left White Hart Lane because of a falling out with Spurs manager Martin Jol.
"I want to be playing, I want to score goals and help the team that I'm in and I didn't find myself doing that at Spurs and that is why I decided to leave," Mido concluded.