Mohamed Salah’s agent rubbishes rumours of Saudi Arabia switch
Mohamed Salah’s agent has rubbished speculation that the Liverpool striker could follow in the footsteps of several former team-mates by making a big-money move to the Saudi Arabian Pro League this summer.
The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has been the catalyst for a growing influx of big-name players to the Saudi top flight, with the likes of Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, N’Golo Kante and Riyah Mahrez all agreeing to deals in recent months.
No less than three players have swapped Liverpool for Saudi Arabia during this time. Roberto Firmino joined Al-Ahli after his contract expired, Fabinho was sold to Al-Ittihad, and Jordan Henderson linked up with Reds legend Steven Gerrard at El-Ittifaq.
Saudi clubs have also featured in two of the summer’s biggest transfer sagas – Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane – but it appears one man who has no interest in ditching the Premier League for the Pro League is Salah.
The Egyptian hitman has scored 186 goals in 305 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Roma in 2017, and his goals have played a key role in the Red enjoying Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup success during his stint.
Salah has also earned individual honours during his superb run with the Reds, winning the PFA Player of the Year twice and the Premier League Golden Boot for the top goalscorer on three occasions.
His run on Merseyside is not ending anytime soon either, with agent Ramy Abbas moving to allay fans’ fears that he could be planning to move on in the near future.
Salah has been linked with a move to Al-Ittihad in recent weeks, with reports claiming the Saudi club are willing to give him a two-year contract worth over £155million to pair him with Benzema and Konte.
However, Abbas insists his player is committed to Liverpool, having put pen-to-paper on a contract extension a year ago.
“Mohamed remains committed to LFC,” Abbas told NewBettingSites.com.au via social media. “If we considered leaving LFC this year, we wouldn’t have renewed the contract last summer.”
Abbas’ words will be music to the ears of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been vocal in his thoughts and fears surrounding the transfer window in Saudi Arabia.
“Pretty much the worst thing I think is that the transfer window in Saudi Arabia is open three weeks longer,” he told reporters. “If I am right, I heard something like that, then at least in Europe that’s not helpful.
“UEFA or FIFA must find solutions for that. But in the end, at this moment, I don’t know exactly what will happen.”
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