Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah has revealed that he told Jose Mourinho he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge - and the 22-year-old has no desire to return to the Blues after completing his loan move to Fiorentina.
Salah will spend the rest of the season on loan with the Serie A outfit after Juan Cuadrado completed a permanent transfer in the opposite direction.
The Egypt international admits he does not plan on returning to Stamford Bridge following a difficult 12 months with the west London outfit.
Salah: I do not intend to return to Chelsea
“At the moment I don’t intend to return to Chelsea,” Salah was quoted as telling reporters by Football Italia. “I want to do well with Fiorentina. I spoke with [Chelsea manager Jose] Mourinho and told him I wanted to leave Chelsea and he was fine.”
Salah hopes to resurrect his career with La Viola after spending the majority of 2014 on the substitutes’ bench.
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Salah excited by Serie A challenge
The former FC Basel star made just 18 appearances for Chelsea, scoring two goals, and is looking forward to getting back to business in Italy’s top flight. He also paid tribute to Chelsea’s new £26.8 million signing.
“The Italian League is of a high standard, I think that those [such as Cuadrado] do it simply to broaden their horizons and have new experiences, Salah added.
“Cuadrado is a great player, I respect him a lot. I know he was well-loved in Florence, and I hope that I too can soon win a place in their [the fans’] hearts.
“Serie A players who have inspired me? Above all [Francesco] Totti, [Alessandro] Del Piero and [Gabriel] Batistuta, but many others too.”
Salah and Cuadrado to make debuts
Salah will be expected to fill the void left by Cuadrado, starting this Sunday against Atalanta.
Fiorentina are currently sixth in the Serie A table, seven points off third-placed Napoli. Teams in Italy can only secure a place in next season’s Champions League by securing a top-three finish.
A place in the Europa League looks more obtainable at this stage for Vincenzo Montella’s side, who currently find themselves two points behind both Lazio and Sampdoria, in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Cuadrado, meanwhile, is set to make his Chelsea debut on Saturday, when Mourinho’s men make the trip to Premier League strugglers Aston Villa.
Another victory will ensure Chelsea stay at least five points clear at the top of the Premier League table with 14 matches of the season left to play.