Forgotten Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah has completed a loan move to Italian side AS Roma, with an agreement in place to make the move permanent at any stage of the season.
It looks like the Egypt international’s time could be up in London, after making 19 appearances and scoring twice for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. The midfielder has struggled to hold down a regular place in the side, with loan spells away from Stamford Bridge a preferred option for both club and player.
Salah moved to Chelsea from Swiss side FC Basel after impressing in a number of European games. Basel held their own against English opposition in the competition, with Tottenham and Chelsea seeing the best of the Swiss side. Salah also capped off a personal highlight, scoring a number of times over the years against his future employers Chelsea. In January 2014, Salah completed the move to Stamford Bridge for £11m. He was seen as a direct replacement for Juan Mata, who went on to join Manchester United, although fans and people within football weren’t convinced by the direct comparison.
Salah impressed in the second half of last season on loan at Italian side Fiorentina. In the Serie A the 23 year-old notched up six goals from 16 games.
The winger was embroiled in a legal tug-of-war after Fiorentina believed they had agreed to bring him back this season. However Salah preferred a move to the capital with Roma, determined to carve out a move to the Italian giants.
Mohamed Salah discussed his move with Roma TV, stating, “I think Roma are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I’m happy to be in this team.”
“I think everybody here has ambition and everybody wants to win the title. Everybody will give their best to make the fans happy.”