Mourinho reflects on Salah, coaching Abdel-Sattar Sabry
Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has stated that theories that he is the coach that have sent Mohamed Salah out of Chelsea are false, while also recalling coaching former Egypt international Abdel-Sattar Sabry at Benfica.
Salah joined Chelsea in January 2014 from Switzerland champions FC Basel during Jose Mourinho’s second tenure with the Blues but barely received the chance to prove himself. He made 19 appearances for the team in one year and a half, most of them as a substitute, before being sent out on loan to Fiorentina then to Roma whom he later on joined permanently.
“Lot’s of things have been told that are not true. People try to identify me as the coach who sold Salah, but I am the coach who bought Salah. It’s a completely wrong idea,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.
“I played against Basel in the Champions League, Salah was a kid at Basel. When I play against a certain team I like to analyse that team and the players for quite a long time, I fell in love with that kid, I bought the kid.”
“I pushed the club [Chelsea] to buy, and at that time we already had fantastic attacking players like Hazard and Willian and top talent there, but I told them to buy him.”
“He was just a lost kid in London, he was a lost kid in a new world. We wanted to work on him to become better but he was more in the idea of wanting to play and not to wait, so we decided to send him on loan in a culture that I knew well. Italy’s football is tactical and physical. Fiorentina is a good team without the pressure of being a team that plays for the title.”
“When the club [Chelsea] decided to sell him it was not me [the coach at that time]. My relationship with him was and is good. I think that he doesn’t regret that move because everything went well for him. But at that moment he was just a kid with a huge desire of playing every week and we couldn’t give him that.”
Former Egypt winger Abdel-Sattar Sabry was another Egyptian who worked under the guidance of Mourinho, but he was rumored to have an unsteady relationship with the ‘Special One’.
“With Sabry it was different. I was at my first club as a manager, he was a talented player. He was an important player at Benfica at that time and probably he found me in a moment in my career where I needed to prove something in terms of leadership.”
“He was not a player with the best discipline and we had this little confrontation of ideas where a coach wants to be super professional and the player comes a little bit on the funny side of the game and not really professional.”
“But if you ask me about the Egyptian players in my career I had only two but both are very talented.”
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