'Salah absolutely not for sale': Klopp responds to Saudi media claims Ittihad move imminent

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 1 Sep 2023

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has emphatically restated that his Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah will not be leaving the club amid mounting claims in various Saudi media outlets that Ittihad Jeddah is very close to securing the star player's services.

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Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah with Jurgen Klopp. AFP

 

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, ahead of an English Premier League match against Aston Villa, Klopp addressed media speculation surrounding Salah's future.

"The position remains unchanged. Absolutely," Klopp declared, dismissing the rumours.

"That's how it is. Nothing else to say. As far as I know, there has been no offer." The Liverpool boss reiterated his stance, further solidifying the club's determination to retain Salah.

Last week, the 56-year-old tactician categorically dismissed reports linking Salah with a move to the Saudi side Ittihad Jeddah, asserting that a transfer was out of the question.

Despite that, Saudi media platforms continued to stir up the rumour mill all week by claiming that Salah had allegedly agreed to join Ittihad Jeddah in the Saudi Pro League.

Salah, however, has made it clear that any move would be contingent upon the approval of Liverpool's management and team coach Klopp.

Clubs in Saudi Arabia have been making substantial investments this summer, with high-profile signings such as Liverpool's midfield veteran Roberto Firmino.

The Saudi Pro League has recently welcomed notable players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane to Al-Nasr, Karim Benzema to Ittihad Jeddah, and Ruben Neves to Al-Hilal.

Liverpool, who finished fifth in the English Premier League last season, are set to face Aston Villa on Sunday in the fourth matchday of the new season.

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