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Egyptian football reactions on Salah’s move to Chelsea
Mohamed Salah’s imminent move to Chelsea took many by surprise, as it was believed the 21-year old Egyptian winger was set on moving to Liverpool. Nonetheless, Egyptians are very proud of Salah and we wish him all the best at his new club.
Here are some of the reactions from the world of Egyptian football:
Sherif Habib – Arab Contractors President
“I am proud that Salah joined to Chelsea. This shows that I was right when I refused to sell him to Egyptian teams like Zamalek and Al Ahly. Now Salah is making a name for Egyptian players in Europe after Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ retired. Basel asked us to recommend them some more players like Salah, and we are now working on that.”
Mohamed El-Nenny – FC Basel and Egypt Midfielder
“I will miss you my mate in training and during all our games but I still wish you good luck with your new team.”
Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ – Zamalek Manager (Former Spurs, Ajax and Marsille Striker)
“I hope the transfer of Mohamed Salah is a lesson to our clubs, if he had stayed in Egypt he would have probably been a reserve player for Zamalek or Ahly. If the numbers are correct, £11million, Arab Contractors will recieve 25 million EGP due to the 25% sell-on clause in his FC Basel contract. Why don’t we let the players travel, I don’t understand.”
Amr Zaki – Raja Casablanca and Egypt Striker
“This is a great step for Salah and we wish him good luck with Chelsea. I ask all the Egyptian teams to let their players go to Europe and play there. Just look to the strong teams in Africa and how many of their players play in Europe and that is what makes them strong.”
“Congratulations for Salah’s official transfer for Chelsea. He makes all Egyptians proud. I wish him good luck and success in the strongest league in the world. ‘Bravo’ Salah and my regards to Mamdouh Abbas.”
* Mamdouh Abbas was the Zamalek chairman who turned down the chance to sign Salah from Arab Contractors, because he thought he wasn’t ready for a move to a big club like Zamalek.
مبروك انضمام صلاح رسميا الى تشيلسي ،،فخر لكل المصريين وتمنياتي له بالتوفيق والنجاح في اقوى دوري في العالم ،،برافوا صلاح وتحية لممدوح عباس
— AMR ZAKY (@ZakyOfficial) January 23, 2014
Shawky Gharib – Egypt Head Coach
“That [move to Chelsea] will give Salah good experience and he will show that with the Egyptian senior team.”
Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ – Rio Ave and Egypt Striker
“We wish him good luck , he is a good player and deserves the best.”
Mabrouk yala7aaaaa msa !! #Chelsea , rbna m3ak ykbir
— Kouka• (@HassanKouka_18) January 23, 2014
Jeff Bradley – Senior Writer at MLS and brother of Bob Bradley
I had many thrills in 2 years following the Egyptian NT. Most were provided by Mo Salah. Got a great smile, too.
— Jeff Bradley (@JerseyJBradley) January 23, 2014
Ahmad Yousef (@EgyptianPlayers) – The story of Mohamed Salah is a great one and he’s come a long way in a very short period of time. Moving to Chelsea will of course make Egyptians very proud but I can’t stop to wonder how much playing time he will get under Mourinho. If he goes there to warm the bench it will be detrimental to his growth. Nonetheless, if he works hard like he has been doing he has the ability to force himself into the Chelsea starting XI.
Amazing that in less than 2 years Salah went from playing for the lowest team in the Egyptian League to one of the best teams in the world.
— Egyptian Players (@EgyptianPlayers) January 23, 2014
Omar Niyazi (@OmarNiyazi) – For the Whole of Egypt it’s a brilliant move. But for Salah himself I dont think it’s the right move. In terms of playing time the squad itself will be very hard to break into. Would be a better move to move to Liverpool but the way the market is these days, it’s all about who pays the most.
Marwan Ahmed (@Marwan_KF) –
To Chelsea fans: Salah can be potentially one of the best players in the club’s history. Just don’t treat him as Mata’a replacement. — The Busquets Role (@Marwan_KF) January 23, 2014
Moustafa El-Chiati (@MoustafaFC)
— Moustafa El Chiati (@MoustafaFC) January 23, 2014
Adam Moustafa (@EgyKF) –
Anyways, congrats to Mohamed Salah – the first Egyptian to ever join a club from the ‘big 4’ in England. Historic day for Egyptian football. — Adam (@egyKF) January 23, 2014
Mohamed Seif (@MohSeif) –
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