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Mohamed Salah has refused to rule out the possibility of one day playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid, adding that his future with Liverpool is “in the hands of the club.”
Salah joined Liverpool from Roma in 2017 and has established himself as one of the best players in world football, recently finishing sixth in the 2020 FIFA Best Male Player award.
The Egyptian forward’s Anfield contract runs through 2023, but he has often remained shy and open-minded when discussing his future at the club.
He has been linked to transfers to both Barcelona and Real Madrid in the last 18 months, and when asked by the Spanish media AS If he would rule out playing for the two Spanish teams, Salah chose not to.
“I think Madrid and Barcelona are two great clubs,” replied the Liverpool forward. “Who knows what will happen in the future, but right now I am focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League again with Liverpool.”
Salah was then asked how long he planned to stay in Liverpool and insisted that the length of his stay at Anfield was due to the club.
“That is a difficult question, but right now I can say that everything is in the hands of the club,” he added. “Of course I want to break records here and, I repeat, all the club records, but everything is in the hands of the club.”
Salah was linked to a move to Barcelona following the appointment of Ronald Koeman, and his agent said in September that he “would like” a move to the Catalan giants. Speculation surrounding a signing for Real Madrid had emerged the previous summer.
The 28-year-old also revealed his disappointment at not being named captain of Liverpool’s youth team that faced Midtjylland in the final match of the Champions League group stage in December, when 22-year-old Trent-Alexander Arnold years, received the bracelet.
“Honestly, I was very disappointed,” Salah admitted. “I was hoping to be the captain, but it’s a coach’s decision. I accept it.”