MOURINHO: I DIDN’T SELL SALAH WHILE AT CHELSEA

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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at critics who blame him for selling Mohamed Salah while in charge of Chelsea.

Salah joined Chelsea from Basel in January 2014 for £14million but struggled to get first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

Due to lack of opportunities at Chelsea, Salah was loaned to Fiorentina and then sold to Roma in the summer of 2016.

After impressive performances in the Serie A, Salah returned to the Premier League with Liverpool. He is now considered one of the best attackers in the world after scoring 61 goals in 82 appearances since joining Liverpool.

According to Mourinho, he bought Salah as Chelsea boss but the club sold the Egyptian.

“First of all I missed out with Salah because lots of things have been told that aren’t true,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.

“People try to identify me as the coach that sold Salah, I am the coach that bought Salah. That’s completely the wrong idea. We played Basle at Chelsea when he was a kid. I analysed them for a long time and I fell in love with that kid. I bought the kid, I pushed the club to buy him. At the time we had fantastic attacking players, Hazard and Willian, but I told them to buy that kid.

“He was more of a winger that cut inside than a striker like he is now. He was just a lost kid in London, lost in a new world. We wanted him to become better and better but he was more of the idea that he wanted to play and not wait.

“We decided to loan him out to Italy where the football is tactical and physical. Fiorentina are a good team without the pressure of the title but when the club decided to sell him it was not me.

“I bought him, I did not sell him. My relationship with him was and still is good. I think that he doesn’t regret that move because everything went well for him and the progression went well for him. He had a desire to play every week.”

Mourinho has to accept the blame for Salah leaving Chelsea as the Egyptian struggled under him during his time at Chelsea and pushed to leave the club on loan. Salah wanted to play and Mourinho isn’t a manager known for giving youngsters game time.

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