Mourinho wants Salah to stay at Chelsea: Ex-Egypt coach Bradley

Ahram Online, Thursday 23 Oct 2014

Pharaohs' former coach Bob Bradley says he spoke with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who insists Mohamed Salah should 'be patient'

Mohamed Salah and Mourinho
Chelsea's coach Jose Mourinho and Egyptian player Mohamed Salah (Photo: AP)

American tactician Bob Bradley revealed that Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho told him he wants Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to stay at Stamford Bridge in spite not getting enough playing time.

"I talked to Mourinho about Mohamed Salah and he told me that he is a good player and that Chelsea is the right place for him to be. He added that he needs to be patient and that he wants him at Chelsea," Bradley was quoted as saying in an interview published in Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi on Wednesday.

The 56-year-old coach was in charge of Egypt from November 2011 until November 2013 and unleashed Salah's career on the international scene.

Salah, 22, joined Chelsea in January but has come under a lot of pressure recently after falling out-of-favour and getting only a few minutes of playing time.

"When your coach is Jose Mourinho and he says strong words about you, you should be patient. You could leave for another team but you should stay at Chelsea and learn from this coach.

"People should also back Salah because he is facing a big challenge of imposing himself at Chelsea. They shouldn't always make him feel bad about not playing a lot but instead support him in order to grab his chance when it comes," Bradley concluded.

The former US coach stepped down from the Pharaohs' post after failing to end a 24-year World Cup drought, succumbing to a strong Ghanaian side on a 7-3 aggregate in the playoffs.

However, he claims he is still in touch with a lot of his former players, especially Mohamed Abou-Treika, Wael Gomaa, Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny, for whom he has great respect and admiration.


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