Mohamed Salah has revealed that a phone call from Jose Mourinho convinced him to reject Liverpool in favour of a move to Chelsea in 2014.
The Egyptian winger had been widely tipped to leave FC Basel for Anfield in January 2014 but eventually linked up with Mourinho's Blues.
Salah has since moved on from Stamford Bridge, joining AS Roma on loan before eventually agreeing a permanent move but he has explained why he opted to move to Chelsea when Liverpool were interested.
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Unsurprisingly, Mourinho played a key role in convincing him. Salah says that he was set on a move to Merseyside but was forced to stand by while Liverpool tried for months to haggle with the Swiss club.
Chelsea stormed in with an £11million offer and Mourinho eventually managed to coax Salah in a single conversation.
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"Liverpool had wanted me for a number of months. They had opened talks in October 2013," Salah told MBC Masr.
"Negotiations took a long time, because Basel rejected more than one offer. They felt the transfer fee was not that high. I was waiting for Liverpool [to agree terms with Basel] because I really like Liverpool. I was eager to join them.
"But then I received a phone call from Mourinho and that changed everything. He explained the situation to me and told me that he needed me at Chelsea. That was one of the main reasons why I joined Chelsea.
"Mourinho told me that he thought I was a good player and that he wanted me to pick Chelsea."
A failed move
Ultimately, Salah's move to Chelsea would prove unfruitful for everyone involved. From the very beginning of his Blues career, it seemed clear that Mourinho only intended to use him as a squad player. In 12 months at the club, he started just six Premier League games and eventually joined Serie A outfit Fiorentina on loan.
It was only there where he was given the chance to shine in one of Europe's top five leagues. He was inspirational for the Viola and eventually won a move to AS Roma.
For Liverpool's transfer committee, it was certainly an embarrassing episode. They had the man they wanted but their attempts to pinch a few pennies from FC Basel cost them the chance to sign one of Africa's most exciting young exports.
But it was also a missed opportunity for Chelsea, who, thanks to Mourinho, watched him move onto the Portuguese's questionable scrap heap alongside Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne.
With 11 goals and four assists in Serie A this season, both Premier League clubs could have used Salah's creative talents this season.
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