Former Arsenal, Manchester United target now owed $1m weeks after six year jail sentence

The dramatic life of former Egyptian international winger Mohamed Zidan took another twist this week.

Remember Bundesliga based talent Mohamed Zidan?

You might know him best for bagging a goal against England at Wembley - but he was also a player reportedly followed by Premier League clubs.

Back in 2010 SkySports reported his father Abdullah Zidan as saying:

"There are clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United that have asked his agent about Mohamed. Mohamed has a contract at Dortmund until 2012, but he has a clause allowing him to leave the club at the end of the season for a certain amount of money."

Of course no deal ever happened - and he instead made a move to return to Mainz - where he has previously found success under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp.

After a successful second stint with the club he left for the United Arab Emirates side Baniyas - and since then his career and life has been tumultuous to say the least.

We brought you the news a few weeks back that Zidan was in trouble with Egyptian lawmakers, and that he had been sentenced to six years behind bars for reportedly writing bad cheques:

"The former Mainz, Werder Bremen, and Borussia Dortmund striker allegedly issued three bad cheques to an Egyptian real estate company.

"An Egyptian court has since ruled that Zidan, who was not present for the case, must serve six years in prison, though it is not entirely clear of his whereabouts."

Unlike another former Bundesliga star and one time Merseyside target Diego Placente he did not actually go to prison - as yet he has not returned to his homeland to appeal the charges under fear he would be immediately arrested upon arrival. Among the current political upheaval in Egypt - time in prison there right now seems an extremely unhappy proposal.

But now he is again in the headlines - and not for a return to football or a reprieve - it seems he is after a final pay off.

Zidan is reportedly suing his former club Baniyas for €1 million.

He is said to be owed unpaid salary and the coverage of medical costs, after he had to fly back to Germany for personal rehab after cartilage surgery.

It came amid claims of the player faking injuries by the clubs and a public break-up in the relationship between player and coach, Jozef Chovanec - whom Zidan then called ‘incapable’ of managing a team like Baniyas.

Now Zidan wants what he feels is owed to him - telling German media:

"I am waiting for more than a million dollars. The move to Bani Yas was the biggest mistake of my career."

If he gets the money that might be a positive twist on the end of his career, after what has been a difficult couple of months for the 32-year-old.

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