Mohamed Salah has reportedly turned down big-money moves to both Real Madrid and Juventus in favour of spending at least another season at Liverpool.
Salah has become one of the world’s most renown footballers following his sensational progress at Liverpool in the past two seasons.
The Egyptian forward has bagged an impressive 71 goals in 104 matches and scored the opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League final win over Tottenham in Madrid.
It ended a seven-year wait for silverware for Liverpool following a run of near-misses. Salah has, therefore, well and truly established himself as a hero among the Anfield faithful.
But the former AS Roma man’s stunning progress hasn’t gone unnoticed across Europe. For over a year now, Real Madrid have been allegedly keeping tabs on his progress in England.
And Los Blancos were ready to act on their interest the Daily Mirror claims. Serie A champions Juventus also made it clear themselves they wanted to sign Salah.
The two European giants were set to go head-to-head for Salah’s signature and planned to match each other’s bid of £150m (€168m) to Liverpool.
The prospect of playing for either Real or Juventus allegedly tempted Salah. Ultimately, though, the Egyptian decided against leaving Liverpool as he feels the timing is wrong.
However, Salah plans to review his situation at Anfield next summer which has put the Reds’ board on high alert. By then, he will be 28 and may only have one last big payday left in his career.
So, a move to either Real or Juventus could be back on the table in 2020 should Salah opt out of Liverpool.
Salah’s strike partner Sadio Mane has, meanwhile, also informed the Reds board he wants to stay. Apparently, unnamed clubs have made enquiries for the Senegal international.