Chelsea decided to sell Salah not me, says Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said that the Chelsea board decided to sell Salah not him and that either way it is not a mistake to have sold him to Roma.
While in charge of the Chelsea first team Mourinho acquired Salah from Swiss side FC Basel in 2014 but the Egyptian failed to flourish during his time at Stamford Bridge. This led the at the time 22-year-old to go on loan to Fiorentina then AS Roma who eventually bought the player.
However following his return to the Premier League this season Salah has surprised everyone with his brilliant form with Liverpool as he already scored 43 goals across all competitions.
“I think everything has surprised even him. It has been fantastic. But he is a great player that has reached the peak of maturity, he has already lived several other experiences and now has fitted perfectly into the style of play of the team, of the coach and of the club as well. So it doesn’t surprise me that much,” Mourinho told ESPN Brazil.
The 25-year-old’s great form has led many to believe that Chelsea missed the opportunity of having one of the best players in the world right now.
“It is the first time that I am going to say this, but it is another injustice that has been talked about me. People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite. I bought Salah,” he added.
“It is the opposite. I was the one that bought Salah. I was the one that told Chelsea to buy Salah. It was with me in charge that Salah came to Chelsea. But he came as a young kid, physically he was not ready, mentally he was not ready, socially and culturally he was lost and everything was tough for him,”
“We decided to put him on loan and he asked for that as well. He wanted to play more minutes, to mature, he wanted to go and we sent him on loan to Fiorentina, and at Fiorentina he started to mature. Chelsea decided to sell him, OK?” he continued.
The PFA Player of the Year is now believed to be a major contender for the 2018 Ballon d’Or alongside Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, especially if he manages to win the UEFA Champions League with the Reds.
“And when they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary, I thought that Chelsea had wingers… Some of them are still there like Willian, [Eden] Hazard and all those players already in a different level,”
“So the decision to send him on loan was a decision we made collectively, but after that, the decision to sell him and to use that money to buy another player wasn’t mine. But even if it was, in football we make mistakes a lot of times, so many times some players develop in way we were not expecting, some other don’t reach another level like we thought they would, so I don’t even think this is a mistake, it is just part of the job,” he confirmed.
“But effectively I did buy Salah, I didn’t sell Salah, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that he is a fantastic player, and I am really happy for everything that is happening for him and especially because he scores against everyone and he didn’t score against us in two games.” he concluded.
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