Mohamed Salah has revealed why he had to quit Chelsea, back in the day, to finetune his footballing expertise. He claims he had to quit because the Blues, especially then-head coach Jose Mourinho, wanted him to change his game. Among news in football today, as he himself divulges, Salah’s incompatible style with Mourinho’s Chelsea made him leave Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho was boss at Stamford Bridge when Mohamed Salah joined from Basel in January 2014.
But Salah left Chelsea soon, too soon, after playing just 19 matches in all competitions.
The Egyptian winger failed to make an impression with the Blues, who decided to quickly send him out on loan.
He made a loan transfer first to Fiorentina and then to Roma, where, ironically, Mourinho is currently head coach.
Thus, Fiorentina’s loan spell led to a loan by Roma, who eventually signed Salah on a permanent basis in 2016.
A year later though, in 2017, Mohamed Salah moved back to the English Premier League by joining Liverpool.
And because he has gone on to become one of the world’s best players at Liverpool, Salah never looked back.
Indeed, at Anfield, Salah has established himself as one of the best and most flamboyant goal scorers in world football.
He has now scored 106 Premier League goals in 150 starts for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Salah’s Incompatible Style with Mourinho’s Chelsea Made Him Leave
So, what made a star such as Salah flop out of Chelsea, the Premier League giants? Salah answers – the difference in playing style…and Jose Mourinho.
“When I was at Chelsea, I had to change the type of football and culture, and I felt that I needed to change my way of playing,” Salah revealed.
“So, I went to Italy and played well: that period was a great help to get to where I am now.”
Salah then paid tribute to the support he received from Fiorentina and Roma fans. This overwhelming affection from club supporters is what helped him to grow as a player during his time in Italy.
He went on: “I want to greet both the Roma and the Fiorentina fans. I spent fantastic moments there, in which I always felt the love of the people. I can only thank them.
“I have wonderful memories of the years that have helped me grow both as a person and as a player. Maybe we’ll meet again.”
“Serie A helped me a lot,” Salah said. “I have wonderful memories both in Rome and in Florence, where I received a lot of affection.”