Salah discusses the lack of success for Egyptian players abroad
AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah has suggested the reason many Egyptian players fail to impose themselves in Europe and return to their homeland, saying that they fail to adapt abroad.
In light of the Globe Soccer Awards ceremony, where the 24-year-old was crowned as the Best Arab Player in 2016, Salah was asked by one of the journalists on his opinion whether local Egyptian players can take the same path of the former Chelsea winger and succeed abroad
“First and foremost, I think it mainly depends on the player himself. Our culture is different, our mentality is also different and that is why players return [back to Egypt] a year or two later,” Salah said.
“In the first two years, any [Egyptian] player thinks he will immediately be a regular starter and the star player of his team. He reckons that he will gain stardom and will earn a lot of money but that is totally not the case. The player moves to a European club where there are other players who have been playing there for four or five years, so it is normal that he will not play on constant basis in the first season as he had predicted for himself.”
“Once he sits on the bench he starts thinking about returning to one between Al Ahly and Zamalek which their big money offers could be tempting. Also he starts considering his relatives and the fame he would get in Egypt so he takes the easy path and returns to his home,” he concluded.
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