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“When Chelsea played against Basel in the Champions League Jose said to the board, ‘Buy this boy’”


He’s bagged a staggering 21 goals in 23 starts, including two strikes five days ago in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Anfield.

But someone close to Mourinho wanted to put the record straight about the controversial coach and Salah.

“When Chelsea played against Basel in the Champions League Jose said to the board, ‘Buy this boy’,” said the friend.

“They bought, but Salah was a just kid. He didn’t speak English and he had to look for a mosque near Cobham to pray.

“On the pitch he was competing with Eden Hazard and Willian, so he didn’t play too much and he asked to leave on loan.

“He went to Italy, first on loan at Fiorentina and then on loan at Roma, to grow up physically and mentally. When the first offer came in to buy Salah, the club didn’t want to wait and accepted immediately.

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