Hull City striker Amr Zaki says he feels more comfortable with the Egyptian national team than his parent club Zamalek.
The 27-year-old highlighted his close relationship with Hassan Shehata, describing the Egypt coach as his 'Godfather'.
"I was called up to Egypt for the first time five years ago, and ever since then Hassan Shehata has been my Godfather," Zaki told Dream TV.
"When I'm at Egypt's training camps, I feel more comfortable than at Zamalek.
"I was really depressed when I failed to feature for Egypt in the last Africa Cup of Nations."
Zaki was ruled out of the biennial competition due to a hamstring injury.
The striker, who joined the Premier League club from Zamalek on loan until the end of the season, couldn't score a single goal for the White Knights in the first half of the campaign.
Zaki had an impressive scoring stint at Wigan last season and has denied falling out with Zamalek coach Hossam Hassan before he was shipped to Hull City.
"Hossam Hassan is my role model," Zaki said.
"He's one of the best strikers in Egypt's history.
"I have been in touch with him even before he took over at Zamalek. I wanted to work with him so badly.
"He's an incredible person, and everything that was said about a falling-out is untrue.
"I'm looking forward to working with him again after my loan period at Hull."
Hassan accused Zaki of being persistently indisciplined before the latter departed in the winter.
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