Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given the reasons behind Mohamed Salah’s sale from the Blues during the summer of 2016.
The Portuguese tactician was responsible for signing Mohamed Salah from Basel in the winter of 2014, but the Egyptian lasted for only 12 months with the first-team before he was loaned out to Fiorentina.
Thereafter, the attacker never made a comeback with the Blues and following an impressive permanent stint with AS Roma, he has come to haunt the club’s decision by standing out in the Liverpool shirt.
Speaking to BeIN Sports, Mourinho has now revealed that Salah was not ready for the Premier League at that point of time which contributed to the temporary move to the Serie A.
He added that the Egyptian did not possess the patience to succeed with the Capital outfit and this eventually paved the way for his permanent exit to Roma in the summer of 2016.
“I asked Chelsea to sign Mohamed Salah, he was inexperienced and not prepared physically to adapt to the style of play in Premier league,” he said, via Goal.com.
“Now, he is physically and mentally strong and well adapted to Premier League because he went to Italy and gained experience. He is a wonderful person and I wanted him to stay at Chelsea but he was looking for more minutes.”
Salah has already contributed 64 goals for Liverpool since making his Premier League comeback and out of those, 20 have come during the course of the current campaign.
Still, the Egyptian has plenty of work to do through the season, if the Reds are to beat Manchester City and secure their first-ever Premier League crown.
Liverpool only managed a 0-0 draw against Everton in the recent Merseyside derby and this sees them trailing Manchester City at the top of the table by a single point.