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Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah‘s agent has shut down a report indicating his client had told friends he’s ready to shun Real Madrid‘s interest and stay at Anfield beyond this summer’s transfer window.
John Richardson of the Mirror wrote that Salah disclosed to his friends that he would remain at Liverpool “for the foreseeable future,” but his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, addressed the matter:
Ramy Abbas Issa @RamyCol
We don’t discuss career plans ‘with friends’.
Ramy Abbas Issa @RamyCol
I’m considering calling out #FakeNews when it emanates from agencies that are supposed to be at least half decent.
Richardson also suggested Liverpool preparing a new £200,000-per-week contract for Salah, another claim that will be called into question after Issa’s rebuttal.
It’s unsurprising a club of Real’s magnitude has been linked with a move for the Egypt international. After all, he’s made up for the January loss of Philippe Coutinho at Anfield, according to three-time European Cup winner and Reds legend Terry McDermott, per Goal:
‘Salah made people forget about Coutinho’ – Dalglish comparison made by Liverpool legend https://t.co/FlXfEWM5i7 #LFC https://t.co/3WDIGXxco2
While the winger’s agent might have dismissed suggestions Salah is set to remain with Liverpool, there is also no reason to believe that isn’t his intention.
Issa’s tweet merely pointed out his client doesn’t discuss such matters with friends rather than signal any sort of departure is on the horizon.
Liverpool would be wise to devote some resources toward properly compensating their talisman, however, as fan account Empire of the Kop highlighted the pay imbalance in the squad:
Empire of the Kop @empireofthekop
LFC need to give Salah the biggest contract in club’s history. Van Dijk is on double what he is!
The Merseysiders would be 13 points worse off in the Premier League this season if one took away the 28 goals he’s netted in 30 outings, roughly one fifth of their points tally and ample reason to offer him a new deal.
One need only look at the attacker’s international scoring record to see Salah’s class carries across wherever he plays, per The Independent:
Indy Football @IndyFootball
Mohamed Salah has now scored 33 goals in 57 appearances for Egypt. The 🇪🇬👑 just can’t stop putting the ball in the back of the net. https://t.co/Gx9v6nyFyb
Issa’s desire to tackle speculation regarding Salah’s Anfield future may be seen as a positive for Real, with the Liverpool hero yet to make any sort of new commitment on Merseyside.