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Roma had ‘no choice’ but to sell Salah, says president Jim Pallotta

Mohamed Salah

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AS Roma President Jim Pallotta revealed that the club had “no choice” but to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool last summer. 

Salah joined Liverpool from the Serie A side in a deal worth £36.9million in June and was one of several big names that left the Italian club during that transfer season.

The club has been criticised for letting Salah go, especially since he has been having an incredible season at the Premier League side, scoring 36 goals in 41 games in all competitions so far.

The Italian club’s president Jim Pallotta voiced his displeasure regarding the criticism directed at the club for selling their players in an interview with Sirius XM radio.

“Things aren’t as simple as a player goes or we transfer him,” Pallotta said. “Let me give you an example. There’s a frustration on my part that people say ‘Oh Roma are a supermarket’.”

He spoke about the departure of Salah and Miralem Pjanić and revealed that the club had no choice but to let both players go.

“When you think about it, Pjanic had a release clause and he had to go. Salah is tearing up the Premier League, he said he wanted to leave and had no time left on his contract, so we had no choice.

“There are things going on behind the scene, either players want to leave or we have things we have to do. We are not trying to sell players, just to sell players,” he added.

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