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Egyptian head coach Shawky Gharib has revealed that he contacted Mohamed Salah who assured him that he is not having any issues with Chelsea’s head coach Jose Mourinho, but says a move away from the club wouldn’t hurt the winger.
Following Mohamed Salah‘s move to Chelsea last January, doubts were cast over his potential lack of game time. However, he started the last six league games in the 2013/2014 season which seemed to put the doubts to rest.
After not being included in the matchday squad for the two opening games of this season’s English Premier League, fear about his lack of time on the pitch has been reignited amongst Egyptian football fans.
Egypt national team manager Shawky Gharib revealed that he has talked to 22-year-old Mohamed Salah, and he is not too troubled by his lack of time on the pitch.
Gharib stated: “First of all, it’s hard to judge Salah’s experience with Chelsea and assess it in the mean time.”
The Egypt boss claims that he has been reassured by Salah that he is content at Chelsea, and there are no issues with manager Jose Mourinho.
“The player assured me that he is not having any issues with the coaching team at Chelsea, led by Jose Mourinho.
“It’s also important to take into account that Salah is competing with the best players in the world at Chelsea.”
The former Smouha and Ismaily manager then voiced his opinion about the Egyptian’s current situation at Chelsea: “I’m not worried about Salah not being included in the matchday squad for the first two games, it’s still early in the season, I’m sure he’s training well and living a fully professional life.”
“Salah is facing really tough competition in the Chelsea squad, if he was playing in Egypt, he’d always start.
“When Demba Ba wasn’t playing at Chelsea, he moved to the Turkish club Beşiktaş; if Salah did that [moving away from Chelsea], it won’t hurt him, all players in the world do that, looking to be constantly involved.
“Drogba also played in China and then returned to Chelsea, we have to encourage Egyptian players to think professionally, moving away from Chelsea doesn’t decrease any player’s abilities.”
Chelsea’s Salah recently released a video of him doing the ALS ice bucket challenge, in which his right ankle appeared to be bandaged.