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'Salah Was Like Messi In Training'

A former teammate of Mohamed Salah's at Chelsea has insisted the African superstar was like Lionel Messi in training at the Stamford Bridge club.

'Salah Is The Messi Of Africa'

Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis joined Jose Mourinho's Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014, but spent just a single season in England before rejoining Los Rojiblancos.

In London, Luis trained with some big names, including Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, as well as a young Salah, who had signed for the Blues six months earlier.

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Speaking recently about his time with the Premier League club, the now-Flamengo defender said he admired the Egyptian's desire to leave Chelsea to find regular first-team football, and claimed Salah "was like Messi" on the training ground.

"I suffered Salah in training, pfff," Luis said in an interview with Sid Lowe for The Guardian.

"When he went (to) Fiorentina, I said: 'Why are you going, Momo? This is Chelsea.' And he said: 'I need to play.' I thought: 'This kid's good.'

"He never went for money or to win more; he went to show he could play. In training, he was like Messi. Really, like Messi. Ask anyone."

Salah played just 19 times for Chelsea, scoring two goals and assisting a further four strikes, while Luis made 26 appearances for the Blues before returning to Diego Simeone's Atletico.

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