Jose Mourinho has insisted that it was Chelsea’s decision and not his to sell Mohamed Salah during his time as manager at Stamford Bridge.
Salah joined Chelsea in 2014 from Swiss side Basel, but struggled for regular game time under Mourinho and was allowed to join Serie A side Fiorentina on loan after just a year in West London.
Egypt international Salah would eventually move to Roma on a permanent deal, before returning to England with Liverpool last season, where he proceeded to set the Premier League alight, scoring a record-breaking 32 top-flight goals.
Mourinho has often been criticised for allowing Salah to leave Stamford Bridge, but rather unsurprisingly the recently sacked former Manchester United boss has claimed that it was actually Chelsea’s hierarchy that sanctioned the sale.
“When the club decided to sell him, it was not me. I bought him, I didn’t sell him, and my relationship with him was good, is good,” Mourinho BEIN Sports.
“I think that he doesn’t regret that move because everything went well. Everything went well for him and the progression went well for him but, at that moment, he was just a kid with a huge desire to play every week, every minute and we couldn’t give him it.”