Fabinho insists Mohamed Salah still ‘happy’ at Liverpool amid transfer gossip
Liverpool defender Fabinho is confident his team-mate Mohamed Salah is still happy at Anfield amid speculation he may seek a transfer to Real Madrid or Barcelona in the future.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have long been regarded as the ultimate clubs by many players, with that aura not being affected despite being operating at a lower level this season. Salah himself even fueled such gossip in December when he described the pair as “two best clubs” and refused to rule anything out.
Last month, former Egyptian international teammate Mohamed Aboutrika said Salah was “not happy” at Liverpool, after speaking with him personally. He called the reasons “secret”, while admitting that not being named captain for a Champions League game against Midtjylland was a factor.
Fabinho doesn’t see a problem, however, insisting that Salah always demands the best of himself and works hard for Liverpool.
“The big players will always have their names involved in the rumors. Salah plays for Liverpool, one of the greatest teams in the world. So I think it’s normal to see his name linked to other teams, especially different leagues, ”the Brazilian told Sky Sports.
“I see him very happy here and satisfied with his performance this season. He is very demanding of himself, he wants to be the best, he wants to help the team and he works hard for that.
“It always has been and it hasn’t changed at all. He continues to score goals, which is what everyone is used to seeing. In the locker room, he always talks to everyone and makes jokes.
“I don’t see anything affecting him. Overall, I don’t follow the news so I’m not sure about rumors. Like I said, top quality players will always be linked to big clubs.
90 mins revealed in December that Salah still believes there is another step forward in his career if he is to achieve his ambition to be recognized as the greatest African player of all time.
The 28-year-old is not actively seeking to leave Anfield nor is he unhappy, but it is admitted that he is not as close to manager Jurgen Klopp as some of the other Liverpool players.
Salah’s representatives see the summer as a potential opportunity to take him forward and have started to consider options. Whoever could become available is a move to Barcelona, where Lionel Messi is seriously considering his future and would leave a huge void to fill.
Real Madrid are said to be less likely to make an approach as their main goal is Kylian Mbappe.
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