Jose Mourinho unravelled a lot of football’s biggest discussions when speaking to beIN SPORTS in a highly-anticipated interview recently, spilling gossip on what happened with Paul Pogba at Manchester United, the best teams that he has managed, and his time at Real Madrid.
However, one topic of conversation that struck a significant chord was when he mentioned what happened with Mohamed Salah during the pair’s time together at Chelsea. Mourinho was at the club when the Blues signed the Egyptian and when they sold the forward, with Salah making just ten starts throughout his entire career in west London.
The 26-year-old has since gone on to become Liverpool’s talisman and one of the best players in world football, as well as breaking the all-time record for most Premier League goals in a single 38-game season, scoring 32 with the Reds last year.
Speaking to beIN SPORTS, the Portuguese boss said: “I fell in love with that kid. People try to identify me as the coach that sold Salah. I am the coach that bought Salah!
“It is completely the wrong idea. I pushed the club to buy him. When the club decided to sell him, that was not me! I bought him, I did not sell him.”
This lack of control in regards to transfers is still going on at Stamford Bridge even to this day, as we’ve seen when Maurizio Sarri was questioned on his opinion of the club’s new signing Christian Pulisic earlier this month.
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The Italian said: “My opinion was positive and today I’ve known that the deal is done but I didn’t know anything.
“I am not in charge of the market so I have to tend to my matches and play every three days. I can only say my opinion to the club.”
A manager should definitely have control, or at least the final say, on which players come into his squad. End of. The fact that those higher up at Chelsea decided to cash in on Salah for a fee of around £15m is embarrassing.
You could also point to the recent Callum Hudson-Odoi transfer fiasco. Sarri seemingly had no intention of involving the 18-year-old winger until interest from Bayern Munich arose – the teenager was then coincidentally thrown into the side on a more frequent basis.
If the club has told Sarri to play Hudson-Odoi to warrant the fact that they want to keep him, and purely prove to the player that he is in their plans, then they are being far too reactive and immature in the transfer market with no clear plan – you only have to look at the mess in their striking department to tell you that something isn’t right.