Mohamed Salah has offered the biggest clue yet he wants his Anfield future resolved with the offer of a new, improved contract.
The Egyptian star offered what seemed a pointed message to Liverpool’s owners, when he insisted he wants to stay for the rest of his career, and “win as many trophies as possible.”
Asked by Norwegian channel TV2 about his future, Salah delivered a positive reply that will have his fervent Reds fanbase cheering.
But it also puts pressure on the Anfield board to start contract negotiations in earnest.
When pressed on where talks are at, he said: “Frankly, I do not know. I want to stay in Liverpool for as long as possible, but the fact is, the matter is in the hands of the club.
“If you ask, I say I want to stay here as long as I can – I will always give 100 per cent until the last moment for me in this club, and I want to win as many trophies as I can.
“I want to give 100 per cent to the people, who show me love all the time.”
Salah first hinted at his dissatisfaction over potential contract talks, in an interview which seemed carefully placed by his advisor with a Spanish media outlet, where he didn’t rule out a move one day to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
But the harsh financial reality facing football after massive losses because of the coronavirus crisis makes huge moves of the level he would command seem out of reach this summer.
The player’s advisors surely know this, and it seems his latest comments are aimed at encouraging contract talks.
Salah will be 29 in June, and he will see his next contract as the most important – and financially lucrative – of his career.
But he has two and a half years left on the deal he signed back in the summer of 2018, and Liverpool’s financial team know there is no rush to extend.
They are reluctant to offer long term deals to players approaching their 30s – as the protracted and so far unsuccessful talks with 30 year old Gini Wijnaldum have proved.
With interest from Spain and Barcelona in particular as he he becomes a free agent in the summer and can move for no fee, he is understood to be holding out for a four-year deal.
But Liverpool have been consistent with their offers to players entering that age range, and they are likely to hold off any contract talks with Salah until the summer, when the confused and difficult transfer market situation is likely to become much clearer.
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