Jose Mourinho has attempted to debunk an oft-quoted theory from Mo Salah’s ill-fated spell at Chelsea.
The Egyptian international was signed by the Stamford Bridge outfit in January 2014 – then managed by Jose Mourinho – but his time in London was a miserable and he was moved on to Fiorentina after just a year in the Premier League.
He has since returned to England with Liverpool, and with 43 goals in 47 games in his debut season at Anfield it’s safe to say his second spell in England is going a bit more to plan.
Having taken some criticism for selling Salah (as well as Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku), Mourinho has told ESPN Brazil that, contrary to popular opinion, the decision to sell the player was the club’s, and not his own.
“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.
“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 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.”
Salah has been instrumental in Liverpool’s run to the Champions League semi-finals this season, adding two more to his tally this week in Tuesday night’s comprehensive 5-2 victory over former club AS Roma.