Liverpool superstar turned down the opportunity to join Real Madrid this summer
Liverpool have become quite accustomed to losing their best players, particularly to Spain, but Real Madrid couldn’t take advantage of this.
Liverpool and Real Madrid locked horns in the Champions League final, we all remember that for a number of different reasons. However, what many of us didn’t know is they actually were in contact off the pitch.
That’s right, according to El Pais, Real Madrid wanted to sign Mohamed Salah to replace the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the newly-dubbed ‘Egyptian king’ stuck true to his loyalties and remained a Liverpool player.
Loyalty is worthy of applauds in this age.
In the current football era, players would rather go for money and status rather than admiration. The Liverpool fan-base are clear admirers of Mo Salah, and they will forever continue to worship their Egyptian king. To turn down Real Madrid is a huge relief to the supporters, as it shows he really is committed to the cause of returning Liverpool to their glory days.
Obviously, Liverpool were under no obligation to sell. Salah is under contract until 2023, having recently put pen to paper. They could have sold him for huge, unheard of money, but what was the need?
Liverpool are building something special, and they could really compete this season. Obviously, to keep squad morale in check and keep the Anfield faithful on their feet, the star players need to remain. Expect to see Salah, Mane and Firmino tearing up the Premier League for at least another season.
When Real Madrid come calling…
More often than not, when Real Madrid want a player, they get him. However, it hasn’t been the case this summer. The only notable signing they’ve made is Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea, but failed to make the most of their connections elsewhere. Along with Salah, El Pais also report Harry Kane rejected Madrid, and Eden Hazard is yet to make the move.
Does this signify worrying times for Madrid? Obviously. They failed to impress against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final, showing many signs of defensive frailty. They lacked the talent without Ronaldo on the field, so it’s easy to see why the worry has materialized.
However, at the same time, they impressed against Getafe last weekend. It’s a roller-coaster for Real Madrid, I don’t think they should worry *too* much.
What do you make of the situation? Do you think Mohamed Salah was silly to turn down interest from Real Madrid?