Former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho delivers a new speech, claiming he has nothing to do with the sale of Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah to AS Roma and that the record-breaking winger was not ready for life in the Premier League as at the time.
Mo Salah has been in an incredible form for Liverpool this season since his arrival from the Serie A giants, Roma back in the summer, having bagged 43 goals in all competitions for the Reds, and helping them become Champions League semi-finalists for the first in a long time.
During his unrecognizable two-year spell with Chelsea, Salah was only able manage 15 appearances for the Blues, and was later sent out on loan to Fiorentina and Roma before permanently joining up the Romans back in August 2016.
Following series of accusations laid on Mourinho by the Chelsea supporters, the Red devils manager, spilled the beans claiming the it was the Blues board that had a major role in the sale of Mo Salah not him.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil via Goal, United boss said: “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.”
“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.
“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 others 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.
“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.”