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Sousa on Salah: “It’s pointless to talk about him”

Posted on July 6, 2015

Paulo Sousa

Newly-appointed manager Paulo Sousa has released a statement on the saga, following Alberto Aquilani’s comments made earlier today to Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport.

As mentioned previously, the Egyptian’s transfer saga is a hot topic in Italy as of late due to a contract dispute which has seen Fiorentina threaten to take legal action against the Egyptian, as well as any clubs who are talking to him as they believe he has a contract with the Florence based side.

Salah, who reportedly failed to respond to questions regarding his stay in Florence by a deadline which was made by the club, is currently being courted by various European clubs, with Inter Milan and keen on the young winger. The 23-year-old Egyptian star, who showcased his ability brilliantly in his 6-month loan deal with Fiorentina, has decided that he does not want to stay with the Florence-based side, who are also frustrated at the fact that they have already paid a fee of €1 million to Chelsea to extend his loan deal for a year, as well as the offer of an improved contract.

Former FC Basel manager and newly-appointed Fiorentina manager Paulo Sousa made comments to Gazetta Dello Sport on Monday in regards to the issues, stating: “Salah is definitely a player who has had a few offers from other places in recent weeks. Often if you’re not calm then you can make the wrong decisions.”

“Now I’m thinking about the players I have, and what they can do for me, they’re the important ones.”

Sousa then followed up saying; “It’s pointless to talk about him, we need to have peace of mind. We thank him for what he did for us, but now we have to focus on those who are here, who cherish the shirt.”

Earlier today, former AS Roma and Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani also had his say on the matter, stating his confusion surrounding Salah, who had indicated long before the deadline that he did not want to remain in Florence.

Salah racked up some impressive stats whilst on loan at Fiorentina, making a total of 26 appearances across Serie A, UEFA Europa League and the Coppa Italia, scoring 9 goals and creating a further 4 in the process.

In another twist, Salah has been called up by Fiorentina for their pre-season training camp, due to be held in northern Italy, despite not having a clear contract with the side following his decision not to stay on board with Fiorentina.


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