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.
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.