Former Borussia Dortmund and Egypt forward Mohamed Zidan has sought to clarify comments he made about Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah.
In an interview earlier this year, Zidan suggested Klopp had told him he was a better player than Salah but didn’t share his professionalism.
Zidan played for Dortmund between 2008 and 2012, and Salah didn’t move to Europe with Basel until 2012.
Now, Zidan says his comments had been misunderstood – but he still looks at his own career with a sense of unfulfilled potential.
Speaking on Egyptian TV channel AlNahar, Zidan said:
“I did not say that I am better than Salah.
“I said that Klopp told me that if I had the same commitment as he has, that I would have been better than what I was.
“I would have achieved a lot more. Maybe more than what Salah has achieved, if I had the same commitment and concentration on and off the pitch.
“I had lots of surgeries on my knees and my back, and that affected me a lot.”