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Basel boss says Salah could be replaced as Israel dilemma continues

Mohamed Salah remains undecided on whether or not to travel for the club’s second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Maccabi Tel Aviv, which will take place in Israel, but Basel boss Murat Yakin says the Egypt international is replaceable.

“Politically, I do not express myself,”  FC Basel manager Murat Yakin was quoted as saying by Swiss newspaper Blick on Thursday.

Yakin, who is off Turkish decent, concluded: “If someone’s mind is not free, it might be better to forgo the player. We have enough professionals in the squad who could replace Salah.”

Mohamed and El-Nenny, who has yet to voice his opinion, won’t be the first Egyptians to play in Israel if they feature in the second leg, as Egypt and Ahly legend Hany Ramzy once played there during his days at Werder Bremen, while Nader El Sayed also featured on the bench with Club Brugge during the late 90s in Tel Aviv.

The current Wadi Degla coach Ramzy told FilGoal: “I do my job as a professional, I don’t mix politics and sports.”

Ahmed Hassan once at R.S.C. Anderlecht played against Hapoel Haifa FC, but the game took place in Switzerland. He was quoted saying: “If the draw would have made us play in Israel, it’d be impossible for me to go to that game, and I was ready to withstand any problems with Anderlecht.”

Salah recently said that he’s still undecided on whether or not he will travel to Tel Aviv, but if I can give my personal opinion here (and you can too in the comments section below), I think Salah, who is being monitored by top clubs at the moment after his superb performances in the Europa League last season, should continue to play for his club in whatever game they feature in. By showing his professionalism and commitment it could pave a way for a next move; maybe to the Premier League or any of the big leagues.

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Malak Hassouna is a French Baccalaureate graduate and currently a Political Sciences student, who was born and still lives in Cairo. She started playing volleyball at the age of 7 as a libero at the Shooting Club in Cairo. A hardcore Chelsea and Al Ahly fan, also a Roger Federer worshipper. She writes for various websites and blogs including KingFut, Chelseafc360 and Vavel UK.

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