Mohamed Salah reveals first thing Jose Mourinho said to him after joining Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has revealed a message from Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Mohamed Salah says he has spoken to Jose Mourinho twice since moving to Anfield and has revealed the Manchester United boss said he was ‘happy’ that the Egyptian was thriving on Merseyside.

The winger played under Mourinho at Chelsea but made just 19 appearances before being sent on loan spells to Fiorentina and Roma.

Salah eventually joined Roma but Liverpool signed him for £34million last summer and the Egyptian was crowned PFA Player of the Year for scoring 44 goals in 51 appearances for the Reds this term.

Mourinho has attempted to absolve himself from the blame of letting Salah leave Chelsea but the Liverpool star claims the Special One is happy that he’s been a success at Liverpool.

Salah played just 19 times for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘I did meet him twice – in our match here at Anfield [Liverpool vs Manchester United] and in the other match in Manchester,’ Salah told Egypt Today.

‘He told me that he is happy with what I am doing. So, I thanked him. We didn’t talk much; I just said ‘hi’ to him and he told me that he was happy for me.’

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Salah broke a long-held record on the final day of the Premier League season for most games in a 38-match season.

His goal against Brighton meant he ended the season on 32 league goals and meant he pipped Harry Kane to the Golden Boot award.

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Manchester United willing to use Anthony Martial in bid to sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund

Manchester United are ready to offload Anthony Martial. (Getty Images)Manchester United are willing to include Anthony Martial in their bid to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho has reportedly given United’s hierarchy the green light to offload the 22-year-old the summer after being frustrated with his inconsistent performances this season.

Martial is also believed to be unhappy at Old Trafford and is refusing to sign a new contract on offer from United.

Alexis Sanchez’s arrival from Arsenal in the January transfer window has also cut Martial’s opportunity to be given an extended run in the team.

According to the Daily Mirror, United are targeting Pulisic as a replacement and are prepared to make a move this summer.

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The report claims that United are willing to use Martial as a makeweight in a player-plus-cash deal.

Earlier this month, reports in Germany claimed that Dortmund would want at least €60 million (£53m) for the 19-year-old as he is one of the most sought-after young players in Europe.

Mourinho is frustrated with Martial’s performances. (Getty Images)Liverpool have already had bids rejected for the United States international, while Chelsea and Arsenal also have an interest.

Pulisic has scored four goals and registered five assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances this season, while he is also comfortable with playing on either flank.

Pulisic’s current contract with Dortmund will still have two years left to run this summer.

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The moment Mohamed Salah knew he had to leave Chelsea

Mohamed Salah is now Liverpool’s key man. (AMA/Getty Images)Mohamed Salah realised he had to leave Chelsea after being subbed off at half-time by Jose Mourinho nearly four years ago, according to reports.

The Egypt international was signed from Basel in January 2014 but struggled to secure a regular role at Chelsea, who were challenging for the Premier League title at the time.

Salah was given a chance to impress in Chelsea’s home clash with Norwich City towards the end of the season but Mourinho decided to haul his January signing off at the break after a subdued first half.

The match finished goalless, which effectively ended Chelsea’s title hopes, and Mourinho reportedly tore into Salah after the game.

According to The Sun, the match against Norwich City was the turning point in Salah’s career at Chelsea as the 25-year-old knew at the moment that he had no long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

Salah was hauled off at half-time in Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Norwich City. (Getty Images)The report also claims that Salah’s teammates at Chelsea felt that the Egyptian was being pushed out of the club, despite impressing in training.

Publicly, Mourinho did not target Salah after the draw against Norwich but described his side’s performance as ‘lazy’ and ‘slow’.

Last month, Mourinho claimed that he had no influence behind Chelsea’s decision to eventually sell Salah to Roma after an impressive spell in Serie A.

Salah has now established himself as Liverpool’s key star after signing from Roma last summer, and has the chance to win the Champions League with Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.

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What Jose Mourinho REALLY told Mohamed Salah before Chelsea sold him

Jose Mourinho insists he did not want Chelsea to sell Mohamed Salah. (Getty Images)Jose Mourinho is adamant that he is not to blame for Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah – but the Manchester United manager was privately furious with the Egyptian’s performances at Stamford Bridge.

Salah has been crowned PFA Player of the Year after a stunning season with Liverpool in which he has scored 43 goals so far.

And the 25-year-old’s sublime displays for Jurgen Klopp’s side have left Chelsea fans wondering why on earth the club let him leave.

Mourinho was the manager at the time and claims that the decision to send Salah on loan to Fiorentina in February 2015 was a mutual one.

‘When they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary,’ Mourinho told ESPN Brasil.

‘So the decision to send him on loan was a decision we made collectively, but after that, the decision to sell him and to use that money to buy another player wasn’t mine.’

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But in the penultimate game of Chelsea’s 2013-14 campaign, Salah was on the receiving end of a half-time dressing down from Mourinho.

Chelsea were being held to a goalless draw by Norwich City and Salah lasted only the opening 45 minutes before being substituted.

During his angry dressing room rant at half time, Mourinho reportedly told Salah to make sure he returned for pre-season training ‘ready to be a footballer’.

Salah did stay at Chelsea but made only three more appearances under Mourinho before he left on loan to Fiorentina.

Salah made only 19 appearances for Chelsea before he was sold to Roma for £15m. (Getty Images)Fast forward to July 2015 and Mourinho still didn’t appear to indicate that Salah had much of a future at Chelsea.

The Egyptian had impressed during his three-month loan spell with Fiorentina, but Mourinho admitted that Chelsea were open to selling him.

‘I have five wingers, if I lose one maybe I am interested in another but at this moment I have balance and quality and numbers,’ said Mourinho.

‘[But Salah,] I see his future elsewhere. Either on loan or sold with an offer we are happy to accept. We have five wingers and it is better not to have Salah back.’

Salah ended up joining Roma on another loan deal before the Serie A club signed him permanently for just £15m.

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Antonio Conte responds to Jose Mourinho’s claim that it was Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian has been a revelation since leaving Roma for Liverpool last summer (Picture: Getty)Antonio Conte insists he sympathises with Jose Mourinho following the criticism he has received for overseeing Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah.

Salah endured a troubled 18-month spell at Chelsea under Mourinho and was loaned out to Fiorentina before sealing a permanent move to Roma.

The Egypt international rediscovered his confidence and rebuilt his reputation in Serie A before returning to the Premier League in the summer following a £38million transfer to Liverpool.

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Salah rarely played under Mourinho before joining Fiorentina on loan (Picture: Getty)Salah has been a revelation since his move to Anfield, scoring 43 goals in all competitions and was last weekend crowned the PFA Footballer of the Year.

Mourinho has regularly been criticised for his decision to sell Salah, and Kevin De Bruyne, during his second spell in charge of Chelsea, but on Thursday claimed it was the club’s decision to let the prolific forward go and Conte sypmathises with his predecessor’s plight.

He said: ‘This is not so simple because I think that we have to compare Salah from over four or five years ago, not with this Salah.

‘The Salah in the present he improved a lot and developed a lot. He developed his football and the experience in Italy was very important for him.

‘Now I am sure he is a different player compared to the past and for that reason it is difficult to have this comparison with this player.’

Jose Mourinho blames Chelsea hierarchy for selling Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian has been a revelation since leaving Roma for Liverpool last summer (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has distanced himself from Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah and insists he is not to blame for the Egyptian failing to make the grade at Stamford Bridge.

Salah was named the PFA Player of the Year after a stunning maiden campaign at Liverpool, having now scored 43 times in all competitions after a brace against Roma – the most of any player in Europe.

Mourinho has been routinely criticised for allowing both Salah and Kevin De Bruyne to leave Chelsea during his second spell, but he has placed the blame with the club’s hierarchy.

Mourinho has set the record straight over who actually sold Salah (Picture: Getty)‘It is the first time that I am going to say this, but it is another injustice that has been talked about me. People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite. I bought Salah,’ he told ESPN Brasil.

‘It is the opposite. I was the one that bought Salah. I was the one that told Chelsea to buy Salah. It was with me in charge that Salah came to Chelsea.

‘But he came as a young kid, physically he was not ready, mentally he was not ready, socially and culturally he was lost and everything was tough for him.

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‘We decided to put him on loan and he asked for that as well. He wanted to play more minutes, to mature, he wanted to go and we sent him on loan to Fiorentina, and at Fiorentina he started to mature. Chelsea decided to sell him, OK?

‘And when they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary, I thought that Chelsea had wingers… Some of them are still there like Willian, [Eden] Hazard and all those players already in a different level.

Salah rarely played under Mourinho before joining Fiorentina on loan (Picture: Getty)‘So the decision to send him on loan was a decision we made collectively, but after that, the decision to sell him and to use that money to buy another player wasn’t mine.

‘But even if it was, in football we make mistakes a lot of times, so many times some players develop in way we were not expecting, some others don’t reach another level like we thought they would, so I don’t even think this is a mistake, it is just part of the job.

‘But effectively I did buy Salah, I didn’t sell Salah, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that he is a fantastic player, and I am really happy for everything that is happening for him and especially because he scores against everyone and he didn’t score against us in two games.’

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Mohamed Salah aims dig at Chelsea and Jose Mourinho after winning PFA Player of the Year

Salah aimed a dig at his former employers (Picture: PA)Mohamed Salah revealed he always knew he would return to the Premier League and succeed after a disappointing stint at Chelsea and he aimed a dig at his former employers for not giving him a chance.

The Egypt international has enjoyed a remarkable debut season with Liverpool after being signed in a £35million deal from Roma, scoring a stunning 31 Premier League goals.

Salah, 25, had previously endured a disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge, making just 13 league appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side before being loaned out to Fiorentina and subsequently Roma.

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However, after arriving back in English football with a bang, Salah was happy to prove his former club wrong.

When asked if he knew he would do as well as he has done at Liverpool, he responded:  ‘Yes, I think it from the first day I left the Premier League it was always in my mind that I would succeed here.

‘I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea so it was very clear in my mind that I return back to the Premier League and I will show everyone my football.

Salah has enjoyed a great season (Picture: PA)

Mourinho barely used him at Chelsea (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)‘I’m very happy about my award, I’m very happy about my team-mates for what we are doing in the Premier League and the Champions League.’

When asked if he had a point to prove, he added: ‘I think I left, and then I came back as a different person, a different man, a different player.

‘As I said before, I didn’t have my chance. I will talk about myself at the moment, I’m very happy and very proud about that.’

Salah’s manager Jurgen Klopp sent the Egyptian a classy message after he was handed the award over video link.

Salah was honoured (Picture: PA)

Klopp was delighted with his player (Picture: PA)‘It’s sreally rare in football that you win as an individual, but this team lifts from personality, players and I am really happy to be your manager over the past year,’ The German coach said.

‘This award is an unbelievable honour for you and your family to be proud of.

‘We have had a great ride so far, but we have still a few yards to go.

‘Now please, grab the trophy and come home… we play on Tuesday!’

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Jose Mourinho names the teams that should be challenging Manchester City for the title

Jose Mourinho’s side were defeated by relegation strugglers West Brom (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has named the six teams that should be capable of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Manchester United handed their bitter rivals the trophy as they lost 1-0 to bottom-placed West Brom at Old Trafford following City’s 3-1 defeat of Tottenham on Saturday evening.

Mourinho responded to City’s triumph by reeling off a list of his own achievements but admitted that Pep Guardiola’s side had been the ‘best team’ over the course of the 2017/18 campaign.

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Despite Guardiola’s men having a 16-point gap at the top of the table, though, Mourinho believes six teams should realistically be challenging for the title.

‘Everybody will try to improve – like we did from last season. Last season we finished sixth and this season we are going to finish, hopefully, second,’ he told Sky Sports.

Manchester City got the better of Tottenham on Saturday night (Picture: Getty)‘Next season, we are going to try to improve, but let’s see what happens. Maybe also City will invest massively and they don’t let the others close the gap to them, I don’t know.

‘But it is not about us and them, it is about us and them and Liverpool and Arsenal and Chelsea and Spurs. It is not City and United. It is about the six.’

Jay Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Mourinho branded his players ‘masters in complication’ in the aftermath of their defeat to the Baggies.

‘We were deservedly punished,’ Mourinho said.

‘We were masters in complication. Everything was complicated. Players didn’t want to or didn’t play simple.

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‘Everything was slow. Everyone was one more touch, one more trick, one more flick, one more turn.

‘I don’t think we deserved to lose, but we gave them the opportunity to win the match by being solid in defence and sniffing a chance in attack.’

Jurgen Klopp chasing Liverpool transfer targets – but will not move for Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will bolster his options in the summer (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp is keen for Liverpool to strengthen his options in midfield this summer but will not pursue a move for Manchester United contract rebel Marouane Fellaini.

The Reds are enjoying another promising season under Klopp, climbing to third in the Premier League and flourishing in the Champions League.

But the German boss knows more spending will be necessary at the end of the season to continue competing with the likes of Man United, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

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On Sunday, reports in France claimed Liverpool had expressed interest in a shock move for United midfielder Fellaini, who is expected to be on the move in the summer.

L’Equipe claimed the Reds had joined Paris Saint-Germain and Besiktas in the race to sign Fellaini, drawing up a three-year deal for the Belgium international.

But the Daily Mail say that while Klopp wants Liverpool to sign midfielders this summer, the club are not looking at Fellaini as a potential target.

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The Reds will not pursue a deal for Marouane Fellaini (Picture: Getty)PSG are known admirers of the divisive 30-year-old, however, and will hope to secure his signature on a free transfer after United had multiple contract offers knocked back.

Fellaini has endured a frustrating season at Old Trafford, missing multiple games due to injury, including Saturday’s stunning derby victory at the Etihad.

Liverpool travel to Manchester City on Tuesday evening hoping to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League after last week’s first leg finished 3-0.

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Klopp was keen to play down his team’s tag as overwhelming favourites at Monday’s press conference, telling reporters: ‘When we lost here 5-0 at the beginning of the season, everybody saw the quality of City even when we were one man down.

‘I am not interested in the favourites label. This is again a big test for both teams and I’m really interested to see how we cope with that.’

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Kevin De Bruyne explains why Jose Mourinho rejected him and Mohamed Salah at Chelsea

Kevin De Bruyne says he is not out for revenge against Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he does not dwell over why he was rejected by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and thinks his frustrating time at Stamford Bridge was useful for his development.

The Belgium international was sold to Wolfsburg in January 2014, when Mourinho was in his second spell as Blues boss, after struggling to break into the first team.

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Now managed by Pep Guardiola, De Bruyne is a leading candidate to win the PFA Player of the Year award, along with Liverpool topscorer Mohamed Salah, who also failed to convince the Portuguese manager during his short spell in West London.

The midfielder thinks both he and Egypt star Salah have simply benefited from playing in teams where their abilities are more suitable.

‘Obviously everyone needs to find a system and playing style that suits you more. Probably now we’ve found somebody who suits us both more than it was before,’ said De Bruyne.

‘I think in both our cases that’s true. But that’s the same for a lot of players.

‘I think it’s just because it’s the same manager and it’s both of us in the same season who are going well that people are talking about it, but I think every manager will have had a lot of players who were not suited with each other who went away and did well afterwards.

‘Maybe a lot of people are picking up on it now, today, but I’m not really that type of person who thinks about that. It’s just the way it goes, in life, in football.’

Guardiola’s side will win the Premier League title if they beat United in Saturday’s derby clash at the Etihad Stadium, but defeating his old boss adds little extra motivation for the 26-year-old.

‘I really don’t care,’ he continued. ‘It’s just part of football – it goes up and down. In the 10 years I’ve been playing, nine-and-a-half years have been up and a half-year has been a bit down.’

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