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Mohamed Salah’s first exclusive Chelsea interview

Mohamed Salah - Chelsea interview was at Cobham today, training with the first team as they prepare for their Monday clash against Barclays Premier league leaders Manchester City. 

In an exclusive interview with ’s official website, Salah talked about his move to , Liverpool, Basel, politics, and more.

Chelsea’s latest signing Mohamed Salah was named the Raiffeisen Super League’s Best Player of 2013 at the SFL Awards, as well as the Swiss Golden Player of the Year, which he received in December.

Speaking about the awards, he was quoted on Chelsea’s official website saying: “It was a very good year for me because this is after the first year for me playing in Europe. You know it is very difficult for any player playing in Europe but now in this second year I am playing in Chelsea, and for me it is fantastic. It is not easy playing for Chelsea and also we have very good players playing in my position, but I will do my work hard and we will see.

“Everyone has told me London is a very nice city and you’ll love it.”

Talking about his goals against Chelsea in the Champions league group stages, he said: “It was a good time that I could score a goal, after 87 minutes in Basel,” mentioning one of the most recent of those goals, “but now I hope I can start to score for Chelsea, not against Chelsea.”

When asked about his main qualities on the pitch, he said: “I read the manager’s words already and I always want to play good. I can play on the right or on the left, and the No.10 position sometimes but not as much.”

Salah was on the verge of signing for Liverpool, but Chelsea hijacked their deal and wrapped up the move really quick. When asked about moving to the Merseyside giants he replied: “Everybody knows I spoke to Liverpool and I respect everybody at Liverpool, but I speak about Chelsea now. Jose Mourinho called my directly and Chelsea made a good offer to FC Basel and everything is good.

“I’ve always liked to watch Premier League matches. Many times the games are open and you can play football.”

Prior to his move to Chelsea, the English media stressed on the Maccabi Tel-Aviv incident, when Salah avoided the pre-match handshakes, in which he replied: “I am a footballer – I do not do politics. I respect everybody, it doesn’t matter where they come from. I do not have a problem with anybody. I am here to play football and I will not speak about this again,” Salah said firmly.

Salah is not the first African to sign for Chelsea, but he’s the first Egyptian to join the Blues, or one of the “Big Four” in the Premier league, a thing that makes him very proud.

“This is different because from Arab people, not many have played in Europe for the big teams and maybe many people there will now follow me for Chelsea,” Salah said.

“From Egypt, maybe nobody went to a high step yet, so this is different.

“Going to Chelsea, a big team, is fantastic for anyone – not only me and I hope I can play here always and have a good career,” Salah concluded.

The Blues will be facing Manchester City on Monday, and Salah will most probably be included in the squad.

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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