Bob Bradley’s thoughts on Salah’s move to Chelsea
Bob Bradley, Mohamed Salah’s and the Egyptian national team’s former coach, commented on the player’s recent transfer to Premier League contenders Chelsea for a reported fee of £11 million, a number that can increase to 16 million with add-ons, in an interview with BBC Sport.
Bradley stated: “It’s a big step [for him], but he’s a grounded young man. He’s humble, I was always impressed with his mentality in every camp.”
The Stabæk manager added: “He sees the opportunity with a big club like Chelsea, he’s been very special. he knows that he must continue to improve and work hard. He doesn’t take anything for granted he’ll work hard and realize that to keep pushing himself along he’s got to meet the new challenges.”
When asked whether Salah will be able to cope with the increased media pressure, he replied: “He can cope well, he’s a brave young man.”
“The example you gave when he was playing Maccabi Tel Aviv, he handled it really well, it was a difficult situation for a young Egyptian player at that moment especially when some fictitious reports did come out. But he never let it interfere with his play. He always understood the responsibility that he had to his club and to his teammates.
“I certainly think there’s some experienced players around Chelsea that will be very good examples for him. In that regard I have great confidence that he can handle the increased pressure,” said Bradley.
Bradley also talked about the nature of Egyptian media, saying: “The Egyptian media is at times looking for things especially when a young player is having such success, he’s learned lessons already, I know that the people at Chelsea will take good care of him.”
“He’s got all the starting points to be a great player there,” Bradley concluded.
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