Egyptian Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah's wife has chosen the name of their first baby girl, Ahram Online has learned.
Magi, Salah’s Egyptian wife, named the girl Makka, after the Muslim holy city and site of the first revelation of the Quran, in Saudi Arabia.
Makka was born last month in the private section of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in south west London.
Choosing the rarely-used name is unrelated to Salah’s visit to the Saudi holy city, as media reports speculated, close friends of teh footballer’s family told Ahram Online.
Deciding on the name did not take long, friends said. Magi loved the name and Salah agreed.
Magi was keen to distinguish between her daughter’s name and the worldwide gambling casino Mecca, so she chose a different spelling, friends added.
Salah, 22, moved from the Swiss Club Basel to the English Blues on 23 January 2014 for a reported fee of around $18 million (about LE135 million).
In early September, Jose Mourinho, the Blues manager, said Salah’s performance was getting better. He said the Egyptian “kid” will be a key player for Chelsea this season “as he is getting more adapted,” adding that the connection between Salah and the crowd is immediately felt.
"They like him and his style of playing … I think Chelsea did well signing Salah. We knew that the kid was going to need time till he adapted to the best league in the world," Mourinho said.