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Mourinho: Salah can’t leave
Mourinho played down talks about a potential Salah exit in January by saying that Salah can’t leave if he is not replaced.
The Egypt national team star, who arrived at Stamford Bridge last January for a fee in excess of £11M, has had limited time on the pitch; featuring for only 33 minutes in Chelsea’s league campaign this season out of a possible 1970 minutes.
The 22-year-old is reportedly frustrated at his lack of game time and wants to move away from the London-based club.
Following Chelsea’s 5-0 league victory against Swansea, the Chelsea manager explained the unlikelihood that Salah will be leaving due to his squad being thin.
“He can’t leave. I have 20 players today,” Mourinho told reporters.
“Didier Drogba was ill, Cesar Azpilicueta injured. I have a short squad. For Salah to leave we need someone to come.
“I don’t think we are going to let Salah go on loan. If that happened we would have to spend money to bring someone else in, so I don’t think he is going.”
The self proclaimed “Special One” had recently admitted that Salah is giving him selection problems because he is working a lot in training, or as he calls them: “good problems”.
Interest in the winger is not by any means low; Turkish side Besiktas are reportedly trying to seal the deal on Salah and his teammate Nathan Ake, while Italian giants AS Roma are also reportedly interested in the wide man’s services.
According to Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma are offering Chelsea €1m for the loan deal and €15m for a buy option on the player. Chelsea, however, want a €17m forced buy option.
AS Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini released a statement on the likelihood of signing Salah this transfer window saying: “Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah? We’ll see about him, we aren’t in an emergency and there isn’t really a reason to spend big this transfer window. He is just like everyone else, a name. He’s not close or far away from Roma.”