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Egyptian football reactions on Salah’s move to Chelsea

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Mohamed Salah’s imminent move to Chelsea took many by surprise, as it was believed the 21-year old Egyptian winger was set on moving to Liverpool. Nonetheless, Egyptians are very proud of Salah and we wish him all the best at his new club.

Here are some of the reactions from the world of Egyptian football:

Sherif Habib – Arab Contractors President

“I am proud that Salah joined to . This shows that I was right when I refused to sell him to Egyptian teams like Zamalek and Al Ahly. Now Salah is making a name for Egyptian players in Europe after Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ retired. Basel asked us to recommend them some more players like Salah, and we are now working on that.”

Mohamed El-Nenny – FC Basel and Egypt Midfielder

“I will miss you my mate in training and during all our games but I still wish you good luck with your new team.”

Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ – Zamalek Manager (Former Spurs, Ajax and Marsille Striker)

“I hope the transfer of is a lesson to our clubs, if he had stayed in Egypt he would have probably been a reserve player for Zamalek or Ahly. If the numbers are correct, £11million, Arab Contractors will recieve 25 million EGP due to the 25% sell-on clause in his FC Basel contract. Why don’t we let the players travel, I don’t understand.”

Amr Zaki – Raja Casablanca and Egypt Striker

“This is a great step for Salah and we wish him good luck with Chelsea. I ask all the Egyptian teams to let their players go to Europe and play there. Just look to the strong teams in Africa and how many of their players play in Europe and that is what makes them strong.”

“Congratulations for Salah’s official transfer for Chelsea. He makes all Egyptians proud. I wish him good luck and success in the strongest league in the world. ‘Bravo’ Salah and my regards to Mamdouh Abbas.”

* Mamdouh Abbas was the Zamalek chairman who turned down the chance to sign Salah from Arab Contractors, because he thought he wasn’t ready for a move to a big club like Zamalek.

Shawky Gharib – Egypt Head Coach

“That [move to Chelsea] will give Salah good experience and he will show that with the Egyptian senior team.”

Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ – Rio Ave and Egypt Striker

“We wish him good luck , he is a good player and deserves the best.”

Jeff Bradley – Senior Writer at MLS and brother of Bob Bradley

KingFut Reactions:

Ahmad Yousef (@EgyptianPlayers) – The story of Mohamed Salah is a great one and he’s come a long way in a very short period of time. Moving to Chelsea will of course make Egyptians very proud but I can’t stop to wonder how much playing time he will get under Mourinho. If he goes there to warm the bench it will be detrimental to his growth. Nonetheless, if he works hard like he has been doing he has the ability to force himself into the Chelsea starting XI.

Omar Niyazi (@OmarNiyazi) – For the Whole of Egypt it’s a brilliant move. But for Salah himself I dont think it’s the right move. In terms of playing time the squad itself will be very hard to break into. Would be a better move to move to Liverpool but the way the market is these days, it’s all about who pays the most.

Marwan Ahmed (@Marwan_KF) –

Moustafa El-Chiati (@MoustafaFC)

Adam Moustafa (@EgyKF) –

Mohamed Seif (@MohSeif) –

Let us know your thoughts on the move below…

By Ahmad Yousef – 

Ahmad Yousef is a proud Egyptian football fanatic who started playing football at a young age and was scouted for Ipswich Town. A hardcore Tottenham Hotspur fan and Zamalek supporter by blood, Ahmad mainly follows European football involving Egyptian players and the Egyptian national team. Ahmad’s love for Egyptian players abroad is what initially spurred him into writing. He now writes regularly and is also an editor at



  1. oxtoby151

    January 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Salah is a great player with enormous potential. But I agree with Niyazi. He should have gone to Liverpool instead of Chelsea where he would have got more playing time and would benefit from playing with Suarez. I don’t think Brendan Rogers has given up on signing him yet. I hope we can get Rabia to come to Hull City.

  2. soorajvnair

    January 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Salah is a fantastic addition to the Chelsea squad, and i have no doubts that he’ll make it big at chelsea. Jose is someone who demands a lot from his players, and he simply needs to work hard and will be rewarded by Jose. Good luck Salah.

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