Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah has revealed for the first time how an exchange of WhatsApp messages with Jose Mourinho helped clinch his January move to Stamford Bridge, after initially missing a phone call from the Blues manager.
The Egypt international joined from FC Basel in an £11 million deal in the mid-season window, but his arrival in west London might never have transpired had the Portuguese tactician not received the 22-year-old's reply via the instant messenger tool.
In an interview with Egyptian TV - as reported by 101greatgoals.com - Salah recalls the horror he felt after seeing a missed call from Mourinho, and without any credit on his mobile phone thinking he was unable to get back in touch with him.
However, the dismay felt after potentially missing out on a prospective transfer to Chelsea passed after he received an unlikely response on WhatsApp from the 51-year-old following his last-ditch attempt to make contact.
The pair continued negotiations from there, and thankfully an agreement between player and club was reached, meaning Salah's switch was completed before the transfer deadline.
Looking to the future...
Salah has made a relatively modest start to life at Chelsea, making just 11 first-team appearances and scoring two goals in all competitions during the second half of 2013/14.
In fairness, it's always difficult for a player to settle at a new club in a different country when joining midway through any campaign, so with a full pre-season behind him this summer the talented youngster will be hoping to make a bigger and better impact next term.
Watch footage of Mohamed Salah's interview on Egyptian TV in the video below - with thanks to @TalkofFutbol for providing a translation of the Chelsea star's quotes.
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