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Mourinho: Salah selected for tomorrow, window is open
The 22-year-old Egypt national team star, who arrived at Stamford Bridge last January for a fee in excess of £11M, has had limited playing time this season, having yet to start a league game while only featuring for 33 minutes of the entire campaign.
Chelsea, Roma and Mohamed Salah’s representatives have been holding advanced talks over a potential loan move for the Egyptian, but the deal has yet to materialize and manager Jose Mourinho remains keen on holding onto the winger, but said, “[the] window is open.”
Chelsea were reportedly looking to use Mohamed Salah as a part of a deal in their attempts to sign Juan Cuadrado, but Mourinho dismissed the notion by saying the Fiorentina winger doesn’t fit in the Blues’ squad.
“There are no men marked [to come in],” he told reporters when asked about signing the Colombia international.
“He’s a Fiorentina player. You ask me 20 names, if I don’t know them, trouble. My son knows them! It’s my job.
“I think he fits well in Fiorentina squad, and Colombia squad, not in Chelsea squad.”
When asked if Andre Schurrle, who has been heavily linked with a return to Germany with Wolfsburg, and Salah would definitely be staying at the club, he said: “I cannot say that. Window is open. I like them, I need them, I trust them.
“Salah is selected for tomorrow [versus Bradford]. Schurrle is the same. Selected for tomorrow.”
Pressed on Schurrle’s situation, Mourinho responded: “The principle is we would like him to stay… the question is to have a phenomenal offer and player super keen to go.”
Jose Mourinho previously played down talks about a potential Salah exit in January, and insisted that he would be happy for his squad to remain the same until the end of the season.