Jose Mourinho has defended his relationship with Mohamed Salah by saying that it was never his decision to sell the Egyptian but he pushed Chelsea to sign him.
Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah last summer for £36million and looking back, it was a piece of business that was as important as signing big Virgil van Dijk for £75million last January.
Yet, the Reds’ gain was the Blues’ loss indirectly as they had the Egyptian on their books but failed to make the most of his ability. In fact, two of the Premier League’s best players in Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku were also allowed to leave and Chelsea have struggled to find similar quality ever since.
Yet, Mourinho says it was Chelsea’s decision to sell Salah and that he was the man who pushed the club to sign the Egyptian in the first place.
“When the club decided to sell him, it was not me. I bought him, I didn’t sell him, and my relationship with him was good, is good,” he told beIN SPORTS.
“I think that he doesn’t regret that move because everything went well. Everything went well for him and the progression went well for him but, at that moment, he was just a kid with a huge desire to play every week, every minute and we couldn’t give him it.
“Lots of things have been told that are not true. People try to identify me with the coach that sold Salah; I am the coach that bought Salah. It’s completely the wrong idea.
“I played against Basel in the Champions League. Salah was a kid in Basel. When I play against a certain team, I analyse the team and the players for quite a long time and I fell in love with that kid. I bought the kid.
“I pushed the club to buy him and, at the time, we already had fantastic attacking players – [Eden] Hazard, Willian – we had top talent there. But I told [Chelsea] to buy that kid.
“He was more a winger coming inside more than a striker like he is now.”