Jose Mourinho has revealed the reason behind Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s departure from Chelsea in 2016.
The former Chelsea manager signed the then 21-year-old from Swiss side Basel in 2014, but the Egyptian made just 13 league appearances before loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma, the latter move being made permanent.
Many have questioned Chelsea’s decision to let the winger leave, with Salah having flourished in English football since a £36.9m move to Anfield in 2017.
He has scored 49 goals in 64 league appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side and was crowned PFA Player’s Player of The Year and Football Writers’ Player of The Year in his debut season.
Mourinho has since revealed he wanted to keep Salah at Stamford Bridge, but the player’s desire for first-team action was the key reason for his exit.
“I asked Chelsea to sign Mohamed Salah, he was inexperienced and not prepared physically to adapt to the style of play in Premier league,” Mourinho said on beIN Sports.
“Now, he is physically and mentally strong and well adapted to Premier League because he went to Italy and gained experience.
“He is a wonderful person and I wanted him to stay at Chelsea but he was looking for more minutes.”