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AS Roma’s new signing Mohamed Salah was unveiled to the fans on Friday and gave an interview in which he revealed his ambitions and delight to have completed the move to Rome.
The 23-year-old Egyptian winger revealed his thoughts on the move, declared his plans with the Giallorossi and also mentioned his relationship with Jose Mourinho and Vincenzo Montella. He also mentioned speaking to Roma’s manager Rudi Garcia who convinced him to join the club as they both shared the same vision.
Speaking to AS Roma’s official website, Mohamed Salah said: “Yes, I spoke to him [Rudi Garcia] when I was in London. He told me how much he wanted to have me in his team. I’ll get on very well with him.”
“I think the team has some very good players that can help us compete in all the competitions we’ll be playing in, so I’m hoping to be a winner here. Our objective is to make the fans happy.”
“Juventus are a very strong side but I think my new team-mates and I can surpass expectations.”
“Personally I have great respect for Mourinho, my relationship with him is very good. He’s one of the best managers in the world. I respect his decisions and have learnt a lot from him.”
“I had a very positive, useful experience at Fiorentina. My family and I had a great six months in Florence but that period is over now. I had the right to choose my future and that’s why I’m here in Rome.”
“Montella was a great coach to me, but I’m a professional and I try to give 100% no matter who I’m playing for.”
“I felt comfortable at Fiorentina and now I’m here at Roma to continue my career and achieve new success with this club.”
Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini previously admitted ‘committing a mistake’ by not signing Mohamed Salah after they lost 3-0 to Fiorentina. When finally asked if he could have sealed the move last January instead of joining the Viola, he replied: “Perhaps that’s a question for Walter Sabatini [laughs].”
Salah is likely to make his debut for the club in a friendly against Valencia on Saturday, as he has already been named in the squad.