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VIDEO: Mohamed Salah sets eyes on titles at Roma
Salah completed his move from Chelsea to Roma this afternoon, as the Italians agreed a foul-year deal with the player, reportedly worth €3 million plus bonuses. The transfer is a €5 million loan deal, followed by an option to buy in 2016/17 for €15 million that would be an obligatory one should Salah reach a certain number of appearances, per Sky Italia respected reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.
Roma’s new number 11 conveyed his happiness upon finally sealing the switch to Rome. “I’m very happy to be here; I think Roma are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I’m happy to be in this team,” Salah told Roma TV.
Citing his short stints at Chelsea and Fiorentina the last two seasons, respectively, Salah explained the importance of the long-term deal with Roma by saying, “We never know what will happen next season. Let’s see what will happen…I’d like to stay at one club for a long time.”
The 23-year-old winger wasted no time on setting his goals for this season. “I think everybody here has ambition and everybody wants to win the title. That would be good for us and very good for the fans. Everybody will give their best to make the fans happy. I think we have to give everything to win the title or some other trophies this season – that would be the most important thing for us,” Salah revealed to the club’s official website.
Finally, the former Arab Contractors and FC Basel talisman proclaimed the importance of AS Roma’s presence in the Champions League: “Yes, this is one of the reasons why I chose Roma. I want to play here and I want to play in the Champions League.”
The 23-year-old’s move to Roma will definitely trigger a departure or two, seeing as Italian clubs have a quota of up to three non-EU players each. Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho, and Leandro Castán do not hold EU passports, and with reports that Edin Džeko is one of the capital club’s targets, one or more of the aforementioned three players will be leaving.
Salah is not the first Egyptian to play for Roma; Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ made a €6 million switch to the Serie A side from Marseille, in August 2004. The current Ismaily coach did not fare well in Rome, however. A six-month stint ended with the striker moving to Tottenham Hotspur, and Salah will be hoping his stay at the club will be more successful.