Middlesbrough new-boy Mido has admitted he was very tempted by an offer to join Sunderland.
Roy Keane wanted to land the Egyptian ace, but he opted for Teesside ahead of Wearside - but Mido admits it was not an easy choice.
"It was a tough decision, especially after I met Roy Keane," said Mido.
"I was very impressed by the way he played but if you go to meet him you see a totally different person.
"But I decided to come here. It doesn't mean I do not think Sunderland or Roy Keane will do well. I really think they will, but it was my decision to come here and now I can focus on doing well."
Mido also admitted that he felt pushed out by his former club Tottenham.
"Tottenham are a club with a lot of politics. And yes, it's not healthy to have this amount of politics.
"One of the reasons I've decided to come to Boro is that there is not a lot of politics around the team, which is very important."
Mido is set to make his Boro debut at Fulham, as Yakubu Aiyegbeni was left out of the squad for the trip to the capital.
It is understood that Everton are finally set to conclude a deal for the Nigerian over the next few days.
With Yakubu's likely exit set to be confirmed, Boro are reported to be lining up a move for Heerenveen's Brazilian striker Afonso Alves.