Rio Ferdinand has given his unfiltered opinion on the future of Mohamed Salah, amid the news that the Egyptian sensation has rejected a new contract at Liverpool.
According to esteemed journalist Fabrizio Romano, Salah turned down a new deal back in December. The Italian claims that the player’s agent was involved in the decision.
Romano said: “Salah and his agent have no intention to accept the current new contract bid from Liverpool. Talks have broken down since December, as things stand. Mo’s priority is to stay – but not at current conditions. Let’s see Liverpool’s next move.”
Although the forward wants to stay at the club, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, didn’t exactly fill Reds fans with confidence over their star man’s future.
He said before the Brighton game: “Mo definitely expects this club to be ambitious. We have been, and we are. Does the signing of Luis Diaz help? I don’t think it’s about that. It is Mo’s decision. The club did what it can do. It is all fine.”
The 29-year-old is one of the greatest Liverpool players of this century. He has captivated fans throughout his five years at the club with his speed, movement, and awe-inspiring eye for goal.
The versatile player’s phenomenal skillset contributed to them achieving European glory, in addition to picking up their first Premier League title. In his 170 appearances, he’s bagged 114 goals, but as far as Rio Ferdinand is concerned, he still has more to achieve in Merseyside.
Rio Ferdinand gives his Mohamed Salah verdict
Ferdinand voiced his opinion before Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Brighton, where Salah converted from the penalty spot. The Manchester United icon presented the dilemma that Salah has in front of him – a chance to further his Liverpool legacy or the opportunity of more money.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand questioned: “Mo Salah is going to say, ‘I’m here, and this is what I expect, and this is the going rate around the league and Europe as one of the best players in the world’.
“But Liverpool are going to say, ‘This is the pay structure, are you going to live within that or not?’ We don’t know the inner workings of that. But I would assume that that’s where they’re at.”
He added: “It’s up to Mo Salah in his head. Does he want to become an absolute icon at Liverpool forever, stay there and fall in line with the pay structure, or is it about money? I think we’ll find out.”
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