Jose Mourinho has revealed that he had no part in Chelsea’s sale of current Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah.

Salah joined Chelsea under Mourinho in 2014 from FC Basel, but the Portuguese boss has claimed that the Egyptian forward was not physically or mentally ready at the time.


The 25-year-old, who played only 19 games for the Blues, moved to Fiorentina on loan during his second season at Stamford Bridge.

Salah has then moved to Serie A rivals AS Roma on a season long-loan, before signing the permanent deal with the Italian side.

However, the then-Chelsea boss Mourinho has insisted that it was not his decision to sell the winger.

“People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite. I bought Salah,” Mourinho told ESPN Brazil.

“It is the opposite. I was the one that bought Salah. I was the one that told Chelsea to buy Salah. It was with me in charge that Salah came to Chelsea.”

“But he came as a young kid, physically he was not ready, mentally he was not ready, socially and culturally he was lost and everything was tough for him.”

“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? And when they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary,” said Mourinho.

“In football, we make mistakes a lot of times. So many times some players develop in ways we were not expecting, some others don’t reach another level like we thought they would, so I don’t even think this is a mistake, it is just part of the job.”

Salah, who found first-team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge, joined Roma for around £15m. After only one season the attacker returned to the Premier League joining Liverpool for an initial €42m fee.

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