Monday Dec 21, 2020. 18:00
Egyptian football icon Mohamed Aboutrika says Mohamed Salah is unhappy at Liverpool and the English champions are considering selling him.
This comes after the Egypt international opened the door to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in an interview with Spanish publication AS, saying his future is in Liverpool’s hands.
Aboutrika also indicated that Salah is frustrated at not being made captain for the recent UEFA Champions League tie against Danish side FC Midtjylland.
“I called Salah about his situation in Liverpool and he is upset, but that would never affect his performance in the field,” Aboutrika said on beIN Sports via Goal Arabic.
“I know that Salah is not happy in Liverpool, he told me the reasons why he is not happy but they are secrets and I cannot talk about it in public. One of the reasons that made Salah angry that he was not the captain against Midtjylland.
“If Salah was a player in Real Madrid or Barcelona, and playing in the same level as in Liverpool, he would’ve won Ballon d ‘ore, and it is normal for a Spanish newspaper to ask Salah about Real Madrid and Barcelona,” the retired attacking midfielder continued.
“In my opinion, Liverpool is considering selling Salah for economic purposes.
“I do not have any influences in Salah’s decisions, he is my friend and brother, and he is smart enough to know what is best for him.”
When asked to respond after the Reds’ win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “I have nothing to say [about the AS interview]. All fine from my side.”
Salah’s contract with the Reds will expire in June 2023.