Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says Liverpool forward Mo Salah is “wanted” at the Bernabeu, but the LaLiga giants cannot finance a deal.
Salah said: “I think Madrid and Barcelona are two top clubs. Who knows what will happen in the future, but right now I am focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool again.
“That’s a tough question [how long I will stay at Liverpool], but right now I can say that everything is in the hands of the club. Of course I want to break records here and, I repeat, all the club records, but everything is in the hands of the club.”
Asked about his future, Salah said: “I don’t know. If you ask me, I say I want to stay here as long as I can, but as I’ve said before, it’s in the club’s hands.”
Salah is under contract until 2023 and Liverpool will be loathed to lose a player who has scored 18 goals in 188 games for Liverpool, including 24 this season.
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And Speaking to On Time Sports, Calderon is doubtful Liverpool would let the prolific striker leave.
Liverpool ‘would ask for a lot of money’
“He is a great player and a goalscorer. He helped Liverpool by giving his best, but I don’t think they will let him go,” said Calderon, who was Real president between 2006-09.
“It is expected that, if they were to think about it, they would only let him go for a lot of money.
“Salah is wanted, of course, by Real Madrid, but Liverpool would ask for a lot of money and, if that deal were to be completed, it would be crucial.
“Salah is a great player with fantastic potential, and any club wishes to acquire such talents, but for Real Madrid I do not think they have the financial means to sign Salah.”
In his debut season, he scored 44 times from 52 appearances in all competitions.
The 28-year-old was a huge part of Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League win. He also plundered 19 goals to help the Reds win the Premier League last season.