Mohamed Salah ‘will find a way’ to play for Egypt at the Olympics, says the country’s FA chief, who claims the forward will ask Liverpool to release him ‘in the next two days’ despite fears he could miss the start of the season
- Mohamed Salah is hoping to convince Liverpool to let him play at the Olympics
- The Egyptian FA president believes the forward will ‘find a way’ to take part
- Ahmed Megahed admits the Reds are reluctant to lose him ahead of next season
- He hopes Salah can strike an agreement with the Merseysiders in next two days
Mohamed Salah is hopeful of convincing Liverpool to release him for the Tokyo Olympics this summer, and wants to ‘find a way’ to take part in the next two days, according to Egypt’s FA president.
Liverpool’s season starts on August 14 away at Newcastle, and there are fears their star forward will not be fit to play in the curtain opener should Egypt go far in Japan – with the competition set to run from July 21 to August 7.
The Reds will also be concerned they could lose their top marksman in January for the African Cup of Nations, and Ahmed Megahed admits it will be ‘difficult’ to get the club’s blessing and allow Salah to depart this summer.
Mohamed Salah will ‘find a way’ to play for Egypt at the Olympics, says the country’s FA chief
Ahmed Megahed claimed Salah with speak to the club in the next two days to find a solution
He refused to rule out the possibility of Salah linking up with Egypt but revealed Liverpool had already turned down their advances when initially requesting to name the player in their squad.
‘I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult,’ he told ONTimeSport. ‘Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team.
‘We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team, and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff, but in the end, Liverpool refused the request because they do not want to lose the player at the beginning of the season, as well as next January with the Africa Cup of Nations, which will keep him from participating in the English Premier League matches.’
Having held further attempts with Salah to get the matter resolved, Megahed is confident their star forward will ‘find a way’ to convince Liverpool to let him participate with the country desperate to have a player of his quality on board.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be fearful of losing Salah for the start of the next season
Egypt have already been turned down by the Reds in their bid to take Salah to Japan
‘We spoke with Salah again, and he told us that he will make a new attempt with the technical staff of his team, to resolve the matter, and within the next two days he will find a way,’ he added.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be uneasy about the possibility of losing Salah – his top scorer last season with 31 strikes – and knows he will be unavailable for most of pre-season if he leaves to play for Egypt.
The Reds endured a turbulent campaign last season – surrendering their Premier League crown to Manchester City and suffering a torrid spell of form that saw them plummet down the table, before rallying to secure a top four finish.
Klopp also the injuries stack up, losing key players such as centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for long spells, and he will be concerned at the prospect of Salah returning unfit as he bids to get the team back in the title mix.
Salah could also be out of action in January if he goes to the African Cup of Nations
Salah, who captains Egypt, has picked up 70 caps for his national side – scoring 45 times . The 29-year-old has been named African Footballer of the Year twice and will be hoping for sucess on the international stage this summer having been runner up at the AFCON in 2017.
The former Roma and Chelsea star has been linked with a move away from Anfield in recent months. In March he told Spanish outlet Marca that he could be open to a Real Madrid or Barcelona transfer in the future.
‘I hope to be able to play for many more years. Why not?’ He said when asked if he wanted to play in Spain.
‘No one knows what’s going to happen in the future, so… maybe one day, yes.
‘I hope to be doing the same thing that I’ve been doing in recent years. Winning trophies, scoring goals, helping my team win trophies.’
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