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Jose Mourinho finally reveals why Chelsea sold Mohamed Salah
- Updated: April 28, 2018
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that signing Mohamed Salah for Chelsea was his decision. He vehemently emphasized his importance in Chelsea capturing the winger from Basel and then spoke about the misery that the Egyptian had to face.
The former Roma star was signed by Chelsea in the summer of 2014 and was then loaned out in the winter window of 2015. In the following summer window, he was once again loaned out to Roma with an option to buy, which the Giallorossi used and bought him for a mere €15 million.
After two seasons in Rome, Liverpool bought him last summer and he took the Premier League by storm instantly, scoring 31 goals in the league and 43 overall so far this season.
And now, Jose Mourinho told ESPN in an exclusive interview that the decision to sell Salah was not his.
'People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite. I bought Salah.
'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?
'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.”
Regardless of what Jose Mourinho says, it won’t be enough to erase the pain that Chelsea fans feel with each and every goal that Mo Salah scores. The prospect of seeing Eden Hazard and Mo Salah play in the same team in itself should be enough rob the Blues fans off their good night’s sleep.