Any thoughts Mohamed Salah held of reviving his future at Chelsea have been well and truly dashed following Jose Mourinho's latest move.
The contract rebel has caused headaches for the London club after his refusal to rejoin Fiorentina, despite the Italian side paying £700,000 for his services next season.
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The Egyptian winger may have harvested faint hopes of a change in fortune at the Premier League champions but, reported by the London Evening Standard, the 23-year-old has been left out of Chelsea's squad for their pre-season United States tour.
Mourinho has also refused to let Salah, who joined the club from FC Basel last year for £11 million, train with the first team following his refusal to return to Florence.
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Chelsea are not struggling for talent in the wide areas with PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard and Brazilian winger, Willian occupying the flanks on a regular basis. Juan Cuadrado, who has been linked with an early exit from Stamford Bridge, is also a worthy backup.
Salah was used as a makeweight in the deal that saw Cuadrado move to Chelsea and revived his career, following a disappointing 12 months in London, scoring six goals in 16 games, to help the Italian club finish fourth in Serie 'A'.
There is no shortage of interest in the Egyptian, however no concrete offers have been received by Chelsea. The standard are reporting that Inter Milan are now having second thoughts about Salah following the initial rumours of a £12 million offer from the Nerazzurri.
Napoli are another Serie 'A' club to be linked with Salah, according to the Standard, however, the winger's agent, Ramy Abbas, has denied claims a formal bid has been made.
He said: “An offer from Napoli? I don’t know anything about it. Nobody has ever told me about an offer from Napoli. At the moment there’s no chance he’ll go to Napoli.”
There is also interest from the Premier League with Liverpool interested in using some of the £49m from their sale of Raheem Sterling to bring in the Egyptian.
Following a string of fine performances for FC Basel, that fashioned his move to Chelsea, Salah was expected to take the Premier League by storm. He struggled to dislodge Willian in the right wing position and when given the chance failed to impress.
This latest snub by Mourinho would appear to signal the end of the his short career at the Bridge, but at the young age of 23, still has time to turn around his career and potential make Mourinho regret his decision.