Ashraf Sobhi, the Egyptian sports minister, has revealed that Mohamed Salah wants to extend his stay at Anfield.
Salah's contract situation at the club has been a subject of debate with the payer's agent having a feeling that his client's wages should be increased owing to his contribution to the team.
Despite being linked with a move to Laliga, Sobhi told Egyptian Radio via the Daily Mail that he asked Salah to leave Anfield and embark on a new challenge, but he wants to sign a new contract with the Reds instead.
“I met with Mohamed Salah at the airport after the end of the Senegal match and the failure to reach the World Cup finals and said to him to forget what happened and focus on what’s next.
“I have advised him to continue his journey at a club other than Liverpool, but his direction now is to renew his contract with Liverpool. There are campaigns against Salah directed by some to bring him down, but I asked him not to pay attention to them," he said.
The Egyptian forward’s contract expires in the summer of 2023 but reports are rife that his camp and Liverpool are almost reaching a new deal after earlier negotiations broke down.
Salah has already notched up 28 goals and ten assists in all competitions this season, topping the Premier League scoring charts whilst being third on the Champions League top scorer list.