Jose Mourinho has refuted the claims that he failed to get the best from Mo Salah during their time at Chelsea.
Chelsea signed Salah from Belgian side Basel in 2014 but failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge and only made 19 appearances before a loan move to Fiorentina and AS Roma.
“When the club decided to sell him, it was not me. I bought him, I didn't sell him, and my relationship with him was good, is good. I think that he doesn't regret that move because everything went well. Everything went well for him and the progression went well for him but, at that moment, he was just a kid with a huge desire to play every week, every minute and we couldn't give him it." Mourinho told beIN SPORTS.
Mourinho claims that he did not have hand in selling the current Liverpool forward but added that he is the one who brought him after impressing against Chelsea in the Champions League matches.
"Lots of things have been told that is not true. People try to identify me with the coach that sold Salah; I am the coach that bought Salah. It's completely the wrong idea. I played against Basel in the Champions League. Salah was a kid in Basel. When I play against a certain team, I analyze the team and the players for quite a long time and I fell in love with that kid. I bought the kid. I pushed the club to buy him and, at the time, we already had fantastic attacking players - [Eden] Hazard, Willian - we had top talent there. But I told [Chelsea] to buy that kid.” the former Manchester United and Real Madrid said in his defense against Salah sale allegations.
The Portuguese added that Salah looked like a lost kid in London and was not patient to wait for his time to stamp his authority as one of the regulars for Chelsea. Mourinho finally said that his move to Fiorentina was the best for his career growth as the club was not under considerable pressure to win titles.
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"He was more a winger coming inside more than a striker like he is now. He was just a lost kid in London. He was a lost kid in a new world and we wanted to work him to become better and better and better but he was more in the idea that he wanted to play and not to wait. So we decided to put him on loan. To put him on loan in a culture that I knew well - Italy, tactical football, physical football, the good place to play. Fiorentina is a good team, without being a team with huge pressure playing for the title and we decided that move there.” Mourinho concluded.
The Portuguese is now clubless after Man United sacked him for the poor season start into the current campaign.