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Gary Neville was wrong over Mohamed Salah, but makes Liverpool jibe over new contract

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Gary Neville may well have been proved been wrong about Mohamed Salah, but the pundit says the striker still “played” Liverpool.

The Egypt striker finally ended speculation about his future on Friday. The 30-year-old signed a new three-year deal, worth a reported £400,000 a week after years of talk over his long-term future.

Salah’s representatives had been locked in talks for months with Liverpool. The Reds had been unwilling to smash their wage structure for the striker, while Ramy Abas had been chasing a four-year deal for his client.

Some compromise was reached with Abas backing down on a deal until 2026 and instead agreeing a deal until 2025. But Liverpool look to have moved most on their stance with an offer which will set them back £62m.

Salah’s influence on the pitch which has seen him hit 156 goals in 254 games and the departure of Sadio Mane eventually swayed Anfield officials.

And former Man Utd defender Neville believes “Salah has played them”.

Neville had said last October that Salah would not see out the rest of his career at Anfield. The pundit said the contract wrangle was “not about the money”.

“I don’t think he will stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career,” Neville said at Sky Sports’ Overlap fans’ forum. “It’s my personal view. It’s always been that view but I could be wrong.

‘Not about the money’

“The Premier League would be weaker if he left. I just think if you look at someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Kylian Mbappe, it’s not all about the money.

“There’s a project and there’s something they have to achieve in their lives. They have to play at certain clubs, they have to go and experience certain things.

“I think Salah’s got to experience Real Madrid, the Bernabeu – Real Madrid are going to come back, by the way.

“And I know it’s not great at the moment at Barcelona and Madrid but Salah is similar to those I’ve just mentioned, I think he has to have that on his CV at the end of his career.

“I think he’s done an unbelievable job at Liverpool. I’ve just always felt he wants a Paris [Saint-Germain], a Real Madrid, a Barcelona and I think he’ll go and get it.

“But I might be wrong.”

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