Sunday, January 26, 2014
MATA WON'T BE MISSED AS CHELSEA SIGNS EGYPTIAN STAR, MOHAMMED SALAH
Egypt International, Mohamed Salah's has completed his move to Chelsea from Basel on a five-and-a-half-year deal.
Salah leaves the Swiss side for Stamford Bridge with the Blues having to pay around £11million for the winger and he will wear the No 15 shirt.
The twenty one year old, who was excited to make the move said: 'I'm very happy to sign for Chelsea, such a big club in the world. I hope I can make the Chelsea supporters happy and have a good career at the club for many years to come.'
Mourinho, had sanctioned Spaniard midfielder, Juan Mata's transfer to Manchester United for £37million over the weekend, and was intent on landing Salah as compensation.
Salah had played against Chelsea four times in the last 12 months, scoring three times, including in Basle's two Champions League Group E victories over Mourinho's men earlier this season.
Speaking on Friday, Mourinho spoke of his admiration for Salah, the potential of the player and said the Blues made their move quickly.
'I like the fact that he can play the same way our attacking players do, which is players with adaptability, to play right, left, or behind the striker," Mourinho said.
'He's young, he's fast, he's creative, he's enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team and to work and to adapt himself to a new life.
'We believe if he comes that he will have a similar process to the Willian one. Willian needed two or three months to grow up and to feel comfortable playing for us
'We think with him and (Andre) Schurrle, (Eden) Hazard, Oscar and Willian we will be fine. We lose an experienced top player like Juan, but we bring in a young player with great potential.
'Willian did that transition from his previous world to the top world of football. Hopefully, if Salah comes, he can do the same.
'We are ready to help, we are ready to support. He has some experience in Europe, the Europa League, Champions League, so he's not a naive boy arriving in the jungle.
'Hopefully he comes and hopefully with the talented players we have around in the same positions we all can develop together.'
Mourinho believes Salah is joining the right club to grow as a person and as a player after he was caught up in controversy during his time at Basle.
During a two-legged Champions League qualifier between the Swiss side and Maccabi Tel Aviv last August, Salah refused to shake hands - instead changing his boots in one instance and bumping fists with his opponents in the other - while there were also comments attributed to him expressing an anti-Israeli sentiment.
Salah insisted the comments were fictitious and his actions were a result of external pressures.
Yet Mourinho has promised to nurture the former El Mokawloon of Egypt star, at Chelsea, who are owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who is interestingly, a practicing Jew.