Mo Salah has again inspired speculation about his future, after suggesting that he will one day play in Spain.
The Liverpool forward has given several interviews to Spanish media where he has discussed the subject, as contract talks over a new deal at Anfield appear to be on hold until the summer at least.
In the past, the Egyptian forward has appeared to show frustration at lack of progress with negotiations, with his agent posting several cryptic messages about the player’s situation.
This time, in a pre-Champions League quarter final conversation with Madrid paper Marca, Salah was far more diplomatic, saying, when asked if it was time to leave Liverpool, only:
“It’s not up to me. We’ll see what happens but I prefer not to talk about that now.”
But he did outline a clear scenario where he could move to Spain to play in La Liga. Asked if he was keen to try out Spanish football, he suggested:
“I hope to be able to play for many more years. Why not? No one knows what’s going to happen in the future, so…maybe one day, yes.”
Salah is aware of the controversy his past conversations with Spanish media has created, and he tried to be more diplomatic when the conversation turned to his future.
But it is understood the interview was undertaken through his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, who has provoked much anger in the past amongst sections of the Liverpool support, with his pointed messages.
When Salah was substituted by manager Jurgen Klopp recently, the lawyer tweeted a single full stop, which many fans interpreted as the winger’s Anfield career coming to an end.
But Klopp is still a passionate supporter – and admirer – of Salah, and their relationship remains unaffected.
The manager has been impressed by the player’s dedication in a difficult season, and his commitment to training and playing, with the Egypt star always available.
He is also popular in the dressing room, and despite Liverpool’s struggles in recent months, Salah remains top of the Premier League scoring charts, level with Harry Kane.
He is desperate to win more trophies too, starting with this season’s Champions League, with the forward saying, when asked how he sees the rest of his career panning out:
“I hope to be doing the same thing that I’ve been doing in recent years. Winning trophies, scoring goals, helping my team win trophies… That’s the most important thing for me.”