Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has hinted he would be happy to stay at Anfield beyond the end of his current contract in 2023, but insists his future is “in the club’s hands”.
Salah had previously flirted with the idea of a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona in December when he gave an interview to a Spanish publication and refused to rule out anything.
The 28-year-old displayed diplomacy when he answered new questions from Norwegian broadcaster TV2 about his future at Anfield, firmly handing responsibility for these matters to the club and affirming his undivided loyalty as long as he will remain a Liverpool player.
“I don’t know,” says Salah.
“If you ask, I’m saying I want to stay here as long as possible, but like I said before, it’s in the hands of the club. I will always give 100% until the last minute I am at this club and I want to win as many trophies as possible. And I want to give 100% to people, who show me love all the time.
90 mins revealed last month that Salah was not desperate to leave Liverpool, nor was he unhappy at Anfield. But it is admitted that he is not as close to manager Jurgen Klopp as some of the other players on the squad.
He also believes he needs to take the next step in his career if he is to fulfill his personal ambition to be recognized as the greatest African player of all time. If he leaves, the next step would be to join Real or Barca, considered by many to be the pinnacle of club football, regardless of current level.
While Salah is not actively pushing to leave, his representatives have already begun to consider options that may be available. The future of Lionel Messi in particular could influence what happens if he chooses to leave Barcelona and creates a huge void that must be filled at Camp Nou.
Liverpool are is considering offering Salah a new contract, but neither side is desperate to start talks.
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