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Chelsea’s Ivanović on Salah: He reminds me of Robben
Having scored three goals against Chelsea in 4 matches with FC Basel in 2013, Salah earned the praise of his new team-mate Branislav Ivanović, who says the left-footed Egyptian winger reminds him of Arjen Robben.
FC Basel beat Chelsea both home and away in the UEFA Champions League group stage this season, with Salah scoring in both legs. Salah was also impressive in the two games of the Europa League semi-final against Chelsea last year, where he scored his first goal at Stamford Bridge.
Following weeks of speculations linking Salah to a move to Liverpool, the 21-year-old Egyptian star instead sealed a move to Stamford Bridge this week for a fee of £11m from FC Basel, signing a contract that ties him to the London club for five-and-a-half years.
“He was really good against us, he played very well. We know him because we played him four times in the last two years,” Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanović said of Salah yesterday.
“He is a great player, very quick, and goes forward with the ball. These are the kind of players we need to improve our team. He has time, he is young and it is maybe good for him to step up,” Ivanović continued.
Salah impressed Ivanović to the point where the Serbian defender compared the Egyptian with Arjen Robben, who played for Chelsea for three seasons before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid and eventually FC Bayern München: “He reminds me of Robben, the way he plays always going from the right wing but going inside left-footed, I hope he is going to be important for us.”
Mohamed Salah’s departure to Chelsea FC makes him the most expensive Egyptian footballer ever, and the third most expensive Arab player.