Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane refused to open up when asked about transfer speculation linking his side with a move for Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool winger Salah has his own case to be Jurgen Klopp’s best signing. The Egyptian notched his 93rd Premier League goal on Saturday, in what was his 150th competition appearance. Rumours of a switch to the big Spanish clubs have always followed the 28-year-old, but they have stepped up this season.
Indeed, Salah has twice admitted affection for Los Blancos in separate interviews with the Spanish press.
In December, he told AS that he sees Madrid as a “top club”. Last month, meanwhile, he told Marca that he is thinking about playing in Spain later in his career.
As such, the player’s future proved an immediate talking point in Zidane’s pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final between Madrid and Liverpool.
However, the French manager refused to open up.
He told reporters (via the Liverpool Echo): “Salah’s not our player. I have 25 players here and so far Real Madrid’s goal is enjoying La Liga in the moment.
“What I want and what I’m interested about is tomorrow’s match and playing against players like Salah and that’s what we’re going to have to do tomorrow.”
Nevertheless, debate has continued about whether the winger could leave this summer.
Talk has also surfaced about whether Liverpool will offer him a new deal, with his current terms running out in 2023.
According to his former coach, Salah could leave if the circumstances fit.
Salah could leave Liverpool
Hamdi Noon, who worked with the player at Al Mokawloon, said: “Yes, he may consider leaving Liverpool in case there is a better offer, but that’s my own opinion.
“He is unique and his family is everything to him.
“I can’t guess. I enjoy watching Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern, but my heart will always be where Salah is.
“Anyway, I will be very happy if he goes to a Spanish club in the end. Spanish football is my favourite.”
Salah’s goal against Arsenal was his 18th in the Premier League this season and his 26th in all competitions.