‘Out of their control’ – Egypt makes statement to Mohamed Salah with message from Liverpool
Egypt’s Under-23 and Olympics head coach Shawky Gharib says Mohamed Salah “had a strong desire” to represent his country this summer before being blocked by Liverpool.
The Egyptian FA were hoping to name 29-year-old Salah as one of three major players allowed on their squad for the Tokyo Olympics, but with the competition outside FIFA’s jurisdiction, Liverpool were able to resist the call-up. .
The move was called selfish by West Ham United first-team coach Stuart Pearce, but Gharib conceded that Liverpool had the “right” to retain their star striker.
He told MBC Masr via KingFUT: “All negotiations with Liverpool and Galatasaray have not been successful, as both clubs want both players with them in the coming period.
“The Turkish club signed Mostafa Mohamed to participate in European competitions, so it is his right to keep him. The same goes for Liverpool.
“Mohamed Salah had a strong desire to be with the Olympic team in Tokyo and also Mostafa Mohamed, but what happened was beyond their control.”
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The Egyptian has previously represented his country at the Olympics, scoring three goals as they reached the quarter-finals in London 2012.
Liverpool are already resigned to losing Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita in the Africa Cup of Nations in January next year.
Salah has scored 45 goals in 70 appearances for Egypt.