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Bob Bradley: Mourinho wants Salah to stay at Chelsea
Salah transferred to Chelsea from FC Basel last January for a reported fee of £11 million – following extensive negotiations with Liverpool – but the 22-year-old has only received 14 minutes of playing time in the Premier League with the league leaders this season.
Ex-Pharaohs boss Bradley revealed that he had a conversation with Jose Mourinho regarding the Blues’ Egyptian winger, and the Portuguese tactician told him Chelsea is ‘the right place’ for Salah, and that he wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge.
“I talked to Mourinho about Mohamed Salah and he told me that he is a good player and that Chelsea is the right place for him to be. He added that he needs to be patient and that he wants him at Chelsea,” Bradley said, as quoted in an interview with Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi.
Bradley, who helped established Salah into a regular Egypt international, was in charge of the Pharaohs from November 2011 until November 2013, before being appointed as the new manager of first-division Norwegian side Stabæk.
“When your coach is Jose Mourinho and he says strong words about you, you should be patient. You could leave for another team but you should stay at Chelsea and learn from this coach.
“People should also back Salah because he is facing a big challenge of imposing himself at Chelsea. They shouldn’t always make him feel bad about not playing a lot but instead support him in order to grab his chance when it comes,” Bradley concluded.
Towards the end of last season, Mourinho said Salah needed ‘six months to adapt’ to the English game and that the 2014/2015 season would be his break-through year.
“We know he [Salah] needs time, we know next season he will be an important player for us,” Mourinho said last April.
“He’s the type of player we need because we have wingers who prefer to play with the ball at their feet, he’s the type of player who prefers the ball into space.
“Chelsea did very well to bring him, next season with him, Eden, Willian and Oscar, they will have more strength and experience, they have a good future,” he concluded.