Chelsea have completed the deal of Egypt winger Mohamed Salah from FC Basel, and Jose Mourinho is happy to have found a quick replacement for the departed Juan Mata.
The Blues manager was happy to confirm the deal of the ‘Egyptian Messi’ on Sunday after Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, indicated on Friday that the Reds hadn’t given up on the 21-year-old yet.
Salah signed a five-and-a-half year contract and will wear the number 15 shirt at Stamford Bridge. The transfer fee has not been revealed yet but according to Sky sources, it’s in the region of £15m.
“I'm very happy to sign for such a big club. I hope I can make the Chelsea supporters happy," Salah, the first Egyptian to sign for Chelsea, told the club’s official website.
His manager had already told the media on Friday about his admiration for the attacking midfielder.
"We like the fact that he can play the same way our attacking players do, which is players with adaptability, to play right, left, or behind the striker," Mourinho said.
"He's young, he's fast, he's creative, he's enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team and to work and to adapt himself to a new life.
"We think with him and (Andre) Schurrle, (Eden) Hazard, Oscar and Willian we will be fine.
"We lose an experienced top player like Juan, but we bring in a young player with great potential.
"He has some experience in Europe, the Europa League, Champions League, so he's not a naive boy arriving in the jungle.
"Hopefully he comes and hopefully with the talented players we have around in the same positions we all can develop together."
Can Salah immediately fill in the footsteps of Juan Mata and where does this transfer leave Liverpool, who had Salah as their primary January target?
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