After a successful loan spell at Fiorentina last season, Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah wants out of Florence.
The only problem is, the club says he doesn’t have a choice.
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When Salah joined Fiorentina on loan in January as Juan Cuadrado headed to Chelsea, it was reported that the Italian club had the right to extend his loan or make the move permanent after the season.
However, Salah’s agent claims that is not the case, and that his client is free to look for a move away from Fiorentina.
Below is a statement released by Fiorentina on the club’s official website:
Following recent developments concerning Mohamed Salah, ACF Fiorentina would like to clarify the following points out of respect for Viola fans.
Through his representative, the player has rejected our improved contract offer and expressed his desire to join another club. He has also informed us that he does not intend to respond to our request for him to report back for pre-season training. As a result of the above, we have placed the matter in the hands of our lawyers so that they may assess all possible courses of action in order to protect the club’s rights.
Salah’s agent fired back at the club, saying “It’s very sad to see a great club like Fiorentina make such pathetic attempts to renege on their agreements, and their written contractual obligations.”
Those are some pretty strong words, as it looks like the relationship between Salah and La Viola is quite strained. Chelsea has yet to publicly make a statement on the matter, as Fiorentina will travel to Stamford Bridge in August for a preseason friendly against the Blues.
Come August, will Salah be lining up against his former Chelsea teammates, or will he be back in blue for Jose Mourinho with a point to prove to Fiorentina? Then again, he could be with a completely different team altogether.