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Chelsea’s Salah feeling good following ‘difficult’ Ramadan
Salah joined Chelsea on a €13.2 million move from FC Basel, which made him the most expensive Egyptian player of all time.
The 22-year-old scored his first goal for Chelsea in a 6-0 win against Arsenal before he was involved in all three goals against Stoke City in the second half of the 2013/2014 season.
Salah has already impressed during his first pre-season with the Blues, scoring in Chelsea’s 3-2 win against AFC Wimbledon last month and against Vitesse Arnhem in a 3-1 win on Wednesday.
“I’m very happy to have scored two goals in pre-season so far, it’s always good to score but the most important thing for me is to make sure I help the team win every game,” Salah told Chelsea’s official website.
“I hope having pre-season with my team-mates will help me next season. We’ve done well so far, the training has been very good, intense and we are improving all the time.”
As a practising Muslim, Salah was observing the holy month of Ramadan – which ended on Monday – with dawn to dusk fasts, which meant he abstained from food and drink during training sessions and pre-season friendlies. Now that he’s back to eating and drinking regularly, Salah admits he’s feeling refreshed after the slightly ‘difficult’ period.
“Ramadan was a bit difficult for me because we had two training sessions every day, the weather was very hot and I played in every game,” he explains. “I wasn’t even able to drink water until 9.30pm.
“Although I am used to it, it’s finished now and I can eat and drink as normal. When you train twice a day your energy levels drop by the second session, but it means a lot to me so I’m very happy and I feel good.”
Salah is now looking forward to his second season with Chelsea, and he’s aiming to become the first Egyptian to win the Premier League and Champions League.
“The aim is for us to win the Premier League and Champions League,” he says. “It’s important for a club like Chelsea to challenge for every competition we enter and hopefully we can do that.
“In terms of myself, I don’t usually like to set too many targets but I just want to improve as a player as much as I can and help my team-mates become successful.”