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If I had power with the Pharaohs, I could have changed a lot of things: Mohamed Salah

Ahram Online , Monday 19 Aug 2019
Egypt's winger Mohamed Salah (Reuters)

Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has denied reports that he asked for a special treatment while on duty with the Pharaohs, adding that he has never considered retiring from the international duty.

The 27-year-old entered in a series of rows with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) during the past two years  over commercial rights and the organisation in the Pharaohs camps.

However, some members of the EFA who resigned after Egypt's failure in last month's Africa Cup of Nations said that Salah made demands as a demonstration of his power.   

"I think with the federation, it was a bit like a competition," Salah told CNN on Monday.

"Who's the winner? And for me, I will never be a winner because I'm a player.

"So, when I come to tell you something, you have to know that I'm telling you just because I want to be happy ... to get something for the national team, to do something more for the national team.

"It's not just that I'm telling you because I'm showing you that I'm powerful, I'm not powerful there. And believe me, if I'm powerful there, I could have changed a lot of things."

The Liverpool winger stressed that he has never considered retiring from the international duty, as he believes that his successful experience is a good opportunity to inspire future generations to play for their country.

"I love this country from my heart," Salah said. "It's always in my mind. Something pushed me forward to perform, to be iconic for the kids, to be like a dream for the kids to one day be like me.

"I want to be that person, so to just retire from the national team is huge for me," he concluded.

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