Jose Mourinho, with time, has received a lot of criticism for letting Mo Salah leave Chelsea and join Roma on a permanent deal.
Besides Salah, the manager has also been criticised for the departures of Kevin de Bruyne and Juan Mata most of all. But is he to be blamed for everything?
Till now, the former Chelsea manager kept his quiet regarding the same, but no more. The Portuguese has finally lifted the lid on what actually happened regarding the Egyptian.
The ex-Real Madrid gaffer insisted that Salah’s departure from Chelsea in 2016 was the London club’s choice, not his. These questions have re-emerged thanks to Salah’s sensational form this season, wherein he has scored 43 goals across all competitions in just 47 matches.
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“It is the first time that I am going to say this, but it is another injustice that has been talked about me. People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite. I bought Salah,” stated Mourinho.
He added that Salah wasn’t ready at the time to play regularly for the Blues, which is why the club sent him out on loan, and he started maturing at Fiorentina.
“We decided to put him on loan and he asked for that as well. He wanted to play more minutes, to mature, he wanted to go and we sent him on loan to Fiorentina, and at Fiorentina he started to mature. Chelsea decided to sell him, OK?” said the Portuguese.
The PFA Player of the Year had made just 19 appearances for the Blues, spending most of his time on loan at Fiorentina and Roma respectively. He joined the Rome-based outfit permanently in August 2016.