AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah has revealed he snubbed Liverpool at the last hour due to a timely invention of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The 23-year-old was on the verge of agreeing a deal with Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool before Chelsea stepped in in the last hour to steal his signature.
He however endured a difficult spell under Mourinho while at Stamford Bridge, but says he chose Chelsea in January 2014, because Mourinho made a phone call to him.
“Liverpool had wanted me for a number of months. They had opened talks in October 2013,” Salah told MBC Masr.
“Negotiations took a long time, because Basel rejected more than one offer. They felt the transfer fee was not that high. I was waiting for Liverpool because I really like Liverpool. I was eager to join them.
“But then I received a phone call from Mourinho and that changed everything. He explained the situation to me and told me that he needed me at Chelsea. That was one of the main reasons why I joined Chelsea. Mourinho told me that he thought I was a good player and that he wanted me to pick Chelsea.”
Salah spent time in the Serie A with Fiorentina on loan before moving to the Italian capital to join Roma in another loan spell which ends in the summer.