Mohamed Salah urged Liverpool to offer him a new contract, with the Egyptian star also speaking about the reported interest by Barcelona.
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Salah, 29, has just over 18 months left on his current contract with Liverpool and believes the Reds are preparing a bid to make him one of the best-paid players in the Premier League. But Salah and the club have been in talks for some time about a new contract.
For several years, Salah has been linked with a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, and this season he has been in great shape with 13 goals and nine assists in his first 15 Premier League games this season.
Here is what Salah had to say when asked about his future:
The King of Egypt is more than happy at Anfield
Salah said via the Daily Mail: “I’ve said it several times, if it’s up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool.” But the decision is up to the management and they have to solve this problem. No problem but we should come to an agreement on the contract. It’s up to them. Your financial value shows how much you value the club and they are willing to do anything for you to stay, but the decision itself is not based solely on those financial matters. There are things like the ambition of the team and the coach and what he wants to do with the team and the players. These are all important points when making a decision.”
Here you are. Salah is happy to be staying at Liverpool and obviously feels the club is heading in the right direction on the pitch.
Klopp was then asked about the comments and he admitted he wanted the situation settled soon as well and that talks were underway.
“You know what it’s about. Extending a contract with a player like Mo isn’t something you do when you meet up for a cup of tea in the afternoon and come to an agreement, and that’s totally normal.
“There’s really nothing else to say. Mo talks about it when asked about it, I can only say a few things because all the rest is clearly not for the audience but I’m not sure if he did the interview in English or translated. Mo okay, I’m fine, I think what we all want is clear and things like this need time.”
The Liverpool star is flattered by his links to Xavi and Barcelona
If Salah were to leave, would he imagine moving to Barcelona?
Salah said: “I read what was said about Xavi’s interest in signing with me.” “It is something that makes me happy because a team like Barcelona is interested in me, but I am happy in Liverpool and we will see what happens in the future. At the moment, I prefer to stay in the Premier League because it is the strongest league in the world.”
Given Barcelona’s current financial situation, Salah’s move over the next 12 months has always seemed unlikely.
It seems likely that he will sign Salah for two or three years at Liverpool and stay in the Premier League until he is 32 or 33, and then consider a move to Spain or France or a return to Italy.
As long as Jurgen Klopp is still at Anfield, Salah, Sadio Mane and their partners know they are playing for the perfect coach at the perfect club to constantly battle for titles.
These comments say one thing: The Egyptian king wants this new contract to be arranged as quickly as possible.