Mohamed Salah has sent a timely reminder to Liverpool about his contract situation while referring to transfer links with Barcelona.
Salah is one of Liverpool’s most important players and has a case for being one of the most in-form players across the world at present. But it remains to be seen how much longer Liverpool will be able to enjoy his talents for.
The Egyptian winger has been a standout player for Jurgen Klopp’s side ever since his 2017 transfer from Roma. To date, he has 144 goals to his name for the club.
However, his contract expires in 2023, which is currently a concern for Liverpool. They know they would have to invest heavily in his wages to renew his deal. But if not, they risk losing him for a figure that wouldn’t reflect his true value next year.
Salah has reiterated his commitment to the club, but links with a move elsewhere have been lingering in the background.
For example, there have been rumours of interest in Salah from Barcelona – which have now drawn a response from the man himself.
“I read what was said about Xavi’s interest to sign me,” Salah told MBC in Egypt.
“This is something that makes me happy that a team like Barcelona is interested in me, but I’m happy in Liverpool and we will see what happens in the future.
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“At the moment, I prefer to stay in the Premier League as it’s the strongest league in the world.”
Salah states Liverpool issues to solve
Salah’s preference was made even more clear when he reminded Liverpool that he is eager to stay. However, the ball is in the club’s court over his renewal.
The 29-year-old also confirmed his decision over his future will not just be motivated by financial factors.
“I said it several times, if the decision is up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool,” he said. “But the decision is in the hands of the management and they have to solve this issue.
“There is no problem but we have to reach an agreement for the contract. It’s up to them.
“Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and that they are ready to do anything for you to stay, but the decision itself is not based on those financial matters only.
“There are things like the ambition of the team and the coach and what he wants to do with the team and the players he wants. These are all important points when making the decision.”