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Mourinho blasts FIFA over Salah transfer investigation

Mourinho Sep 2015

Chelsea manager José Mourinho has blasted FIFA over its investigation of the English club for the alleged breach of contract and illegitimacy of Mohamed Salah’s transfer to Roma.

A FIFA spokesperson said: “We can confirm having received a claim from the Italian club, ACF Fiorentina, against the English club, Chelsea FC, and the player, Mohamed Salah Ghaly, for breach of contract. The matter is still pending and being investigated.”

Mourinho has responded in his pre-Everton press conference on Friday by blasting FIFA’s involvement in the saga amidst other ongoing issues with the organization:

“I’m happy that FIFA has time for other things in the middle of such a great weather around them. I’m happy they have time for other things”.

Although Chelsea have refused to officially comment on the matter, their technical director Michael Emenalo spoke to media defending the club’s loan policy which saw Salah leave on loan to Roma. Chelsea have allowed a total of 33 players to leave on loan this past transfer window and the club has thus been criticized widely by media for stockpiling players.

Emenalo however defends his club’s use of the loan system using Cuadrado and Salah as examples as he told Chelsea TV:

“Sometimes the timing is not right for them,” he said. “For example we got Cuadrado straight after a very difficult game at Spurs and we had to change our strategy for the rest of the season.

“That didn’t suit the reason for which we had already gone to get him. So we felt it would be better for him to go and rediscover his confidence and he hasn’t just gone to any other team … he’s gone to Juventus.

“These players go to top clubs and when they get there they prove we don’t recruit bad players, just like Salah did last season.”

Michael Saad is an Egyptian-Canadian living in Toronto. A lifelong supporter of Zamalek through family inheritance, he covers the White Knights on KingFut and monitors the progression of the Egyptian national team carefully. Outside of Egyptian football, he is a passionate Arsenal and Toronto FC fan.

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