Jose Mourinho has claimed that he deserves credit for bringing Mohamed Salah to Stamford Bridge from Basle in January 2014 for £14million, however he struggled to carve out a first-team opening at Stamford Bridge
He hit out at critics who blame him for selling Mohamed Salah while in charge of Chelsea, branding the whole scenario a ‘lie’ and ‘another injustice’
M.salah left Stamford Bridge under Mourinho’s reign after a failed two-year spell.
Manchester United manager,said Chelsea are to blame for selling Mo Salah in 2016.
Mourinho insists he didn’t make the decision to sell Salah, who has lit up Europe this season with 43 goals for Champions League chasing Liverpool.
Salah left Chelsea for Roma in 2016 before the Reds brought him for £40million last summer.
Salah was loaned to Fiorentina, then sold to Roma in the summer of 2016. After a strong season in Italy he joined Liverpool – and has scored 43 goals in all competitions this campaign.
‘It is the first time that I am going to say this, but it is another injustice that has been talked about me. Mourinho told ESPN Brazil.
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.
‘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.’
People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite. I 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.
He said, “In football we make mistakes a lot of times. So many times some players develop in ways 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.”