It sounds like Mohamed Salah will be waving goodbye to Stamford Bridge this summer. Was Salah bad or just deprived of a chance to shine?
The path to Mohamed Salah’s departure from Chelsea appears to have been paved as manager Jose Mourinho publicly gave him the boot.
The Metro reported that during a recent interview the Chelsea boss made it clear that Salah would not be returning to Stamford Bridge in 2015 after spending most of last season on loan to Fiorentina. The 23-year-old Egyptian winger scored 6 goals in 16 Serie A appearances and was projected by some to earn a spot on the Chelsea starting XI in the upcoming season.
“He doesn’t belong to my squad and he’s not staying here,” Mourinho said.
Mourinho did not explicitly state if Salah would be loaned out or sold this summer, but from his tone it appears clear that Salah won’t be at Stamford Bridge in August.
“The important thing is that he plays like he did at Fiorentina,” Mourinho continued. “…so I’m happy with him going on a loan.
“Italian football is difficult football to play, especially for attacking players. So if it’s not Fiorentina it’s Roma or Inter or Juve – I don’t know. Maybe he has a loan.
“He’s a good boy and a good player. He needs more top-level football so I’m happy with any decision him and the club make.”
Salah joined Chelsea in 2014 on a January transfer out of Basel for £11 million but made just 10 appearances in the second half of the 2013-14 season. Last year he made just 3 appearances for the Blues before being shipped off to Fiorentina.