Before he became the superstar he is today at Liverpool, Mohamed Salah had to go through a few downs, notably at Chelsea.
Bought by the Blues from Basel, the Egypt international never managed to break through at Stamford Bridge, as José Mourinho appeared to think he wasn’t ready to play in the Premier League consistently.
Speaking to France Football in a long interview ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Paris Saint-Germain, the winger was asked about his spell in London, to which he replied: “All I can tell you is that I played very, very little”.
However, that wasn’t all he had to say about it, explaining why he felt he needed to leave.
He continued: “From January to June 2014, I played 10 games. After that, nothing. I respected the manager’s decision, it was his choice, but as things went on, it became very difficult for me to accept it, because it wasn’t healthy. I needed to leave. I love football, it’s my passion. Therefore I needed to play”.
Despite this, Salah is adamant his relationship with Mourinho wasn’t affected, revealing the two of them had a ‘good feeling’, even if he knew it was time to leave.
After that came a loan to Fiorentina, which was then followed by a permanent transfer to AS Roma, where he started to make a real name for himself on the European scene.
Then Liverpool came knocking, and we all know what happened next.