Jose Mourinho has reiterated his stance on Mohamed Salah, with the Chelsea manager confirming that the Egypt international has no place at Stamford Bridge and will leave this summer.
Salah spent last season with Fiorentina from January onwards and produced some sublime form for the Serie A club. He is now expected to return to Serie A, either on loan once more or permanently.
Mourinho, although claiming he does not know what type deal there will be, stated that Salah 'doesn't belong' in his Chelsea side, but did praise both the talents and the attitude of the marginalised winger.
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"He doesn't belong to my squad and he's not staying here," Mourinho told reporters, as relayed by Goal.com.
"The important thing is that he plays like he did at Fiorentina, so [I'm] happy with him going on a loan.
"Italian football is difficult football to play, especially for attacking players. So if it's not Fiorentina it's Roma or Inter or Juve - I don't know. Maybe he has a loan.
"He's a good boy and a good player. He needs more top-level football so I'm happy with any decision him and the club make."
Salah was an £11 million acquisition from Basel in the January transfer window of 2014 but, either through lack of application or a general failure to impress, he has become something of a forgotten figure at Chelsea ever since.
The 23-year-old is clearly a player of immense talent, as demonstrated by his six goals and three assists in 16 appearances for Fiorentina, but there would appear to be no way back for him as a Chelsea player.
It makes something of a mockery of the transfer market that Chelsea so often sign players wanted by rivals - Salah was linked with Spurs and Liverpool - and use them fleetingly before moving them on to other clubs. Perhaps that's why they're champions.
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