Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah rejected a “really good” offer to sign for Real Madrid in 2018, according to former Egypt assistant coach Hany Ramzy.
Having failed to make his mark on his first stint in the Premier League with Chelsea, Salah returned to the English top flight with Liverpool after rejuvenating his career in spells with Fiorentina and Roma.
The Egyptian hero has surpassed expectations at Anfield, reaching the 20-goal mark for a third successive season in March with his 70th strike for the club in his 100th Premier League appearance for the Reds.
Indeed, that record is the best of any Liverpool player and, as such, reports have suggested that Spanish giants Madrid are interested in the winger.
According to Ramzy, such interest is concrete and has been that way since a few months prior to Liverpool’s Champions League final contest with Madrid in Kiev.
“When I was working with Hector Cuper, we had a training camp in Switzerland [in March 2018],” Ramzy told OnTime Sports .
“I was talking to Salah and he told me that Real Madrid had sent him an offer.
“The offer was really good, but Salah discussed it with me and Mr Cuper, and he decided to stay with Liverpool because he was comfortable there.”
Liverpool lost the 2018 final 3-1 after two howlers from Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius and a wonder strike from Gareth Bale.
Salah was taken off midway through the first half in Kiev after a challenge with Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos, which hit Salah with a shoulder injury and delayed his participation in the World Cup.
Georgio Chiellini has described Ramos as “the master” after his challenge on the winger.