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Chelsea legend Cole admits he didn’t expect Salah to become a world-class performer

Chelsea legend Ashley Cole admits he didn’t expect former teammate Mohamed Salah to become a world-class player.

Cole played alongside Salah during the Egyptian’s disappointing two-year spell at Chelsea, with the forward having flourished since leaving Stamford Bridge.

After impressive spells in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma, Salah has lit up the Premier League since signing for Liverpool in 2017, scoring 51 goals in just 70 league appearances.

Cole has been impressed by the development of the 26-year-old, but admits he didn’t predict the progress Salah would make when playing alongside him five years ago.

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‘To be honest, no,” Cole told Sky Sports.

”I saw in training the ability that he had but he seems to have become more ruthless.

‘I don’t mean selfish in a bad way but he wants to score goals. That’s his job. He needs to score goals.

‘Him, [Roberto] Firmino and [Sadio] Mane all play well together but I think he’s become a little bit more “it’s about me now, it’s my time”. He’s had enough of the other players being in the shadow and he wants to be the main man.’