Reports: Salah Considering Quitting Egypt
Reports: Mohamed Salah Considering Quitting Egypt
With Liverpool star Mohamed Salah having not had the easiest of World Cups so far, reports now suggest he could even quit playing for Egypt after once again becoming upset with his national federation.
The 26-year-old, who scored 44 goals in 52 appearances for the Reds last season as well as the deciding penalty to guide the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990, reportedly feels he has been exploited by his federation.
Images of Salah with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadryov, a ruler widely accused of human rights violations, made the rounds recently, while the superstar also received honorary citizenship of Chechnya.
"Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic! That's right!" the Chechen leader wrote in a social media post.
"I gave Mohamed Salah a copy of the order and a pin at a celebratory dinner that I gave in honour of the Egyptian team."
Egypt have been based in Chechnya during the World Cup, and Salah feels exposed by his federation, a source close to the player told CNN. He does not want to engage in politics or be used for anyone's political image and, as a consequence, is considering his international future.
However, a statement by the Egypt FA has strongly dismissed those claims.
"We were always informed by Salah when he takes any decisions," an email sent to CNN by the Egyptian Football Federation read.
"We spend the whole day together and he has never discussed this issue with any of the delegation's members.
"We are here in a sports event and we are following FIFA procedures, we don't discuss politics, and if there is any political discussion, it should be directed to FIFA."
Egypt play Saudi Arabia on Monday afternoon, with both sides already having been knocked out of the tournament, in their final Group A fixture, and will look to win their first ever game in World Cup history.
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