Ian Rush dismisses Salah & Dybala swap deal

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on February 9, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has dismissed rumours over a possible trade between Mohamed Salah and Paulo Dybala.

On the back of a stunning debut campaign at Anfield last season, which saw him register 44 goals and 16 assists in 52 appearances across all competitions, Salah is now regarded as one of Europe’s finest players.

Aside from being named the Premier League Player of the Season, the Egyptian forward finished in sixth-place in the 2018 Ballon d’Or voting panel.

And Salah has carried over this form into Liverpool’s current campaign, which has led to talk over his future once more amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

But a surprising new contender has emerged in Juventus with reports in Italy suggesting that a swap deal with Dybala could be on the table.

However, Rush doubts that any such move will ever occur as it’s unlikely Liverpool will allow Salah to leave.

“I think Salah will stay at Liverpool,” Rush told Corriere Torino.

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"People have been quite quick to jump on us and say we've been going through a blip at Liverpool and now all of a sudden we've come through that,"

“The fans love him and he is fine here. He signed a new contract, I do not think the exchange will be made.”

Rush himself spent the 1987/88 season at Juventus, where he registered 14 goals in 39 appearances before returning to Liverpool.

And now the Wales great has confessed his surprise that Arsenal allowed his compatriot Aaron Ramsey to leave them for Juventus on a free transfer this summer.

“It’s something I really can not understand, but he’s never been in [Unai] Emery’s plans,” Rush added.

“Tactically, he is an offensive footballer while Arsenal have played especially with defensive midfielders this season. But it’s a strange decision.”

Rush is Liverpool’s all-time record scorer with 346 goals in 660 appearances across all competitions.

The Reds, who are currently away in Spain at a training camp, will return to action on Tuesday for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Bayern Munich at Anfield.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – AUGUST 11: Liverpools Sander Westerveld (3-L) and Ian Rush (C) react after the friendly game Borussia Dortmund Legends – FC Liverpool Legends during the session opening of the Borussia Dortmund on August 11, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)