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Former Chelsea Player Reveals Mohamed Salah Was Like Lionel Messi in Chelsea Training

Mudeet Arora
Mohamed Salah while playing for Chelsea in 2014
Mohamed Salah while playing for Chelsea in 2014 / Clive Mason/Getty Images

Former Chelsea defender Felipe Luis has sensationally revealed that Mohamed Salah trained like he was Lionel Messi, but never managed to win over the confidence of then manager Jose Mourinho.

Salah joined the Blues but never managed to make a name for himself at Stamford Bridge and was eventually shipped off for two stints in Italy with Fiorentina and AS Roma before Liverpool struck the jackpot by signing him in 2017.

Felipe revealed it all and explained to the Guardian: "It might look like we [Mourinho] fell out but I admire him. I won the league with him. But he didn't get the best out of me, just as he didn't with Salah."

Luis added, "When he went Fiorentina, I said: 'Why are you going, Momo? This is Chelsea.' And he said: 'I need to play.' I thought: 'This kid's good.' He never went for money or to win more; he went to show he could play."

Revealing what Salah was like off the field in those days, Luis stated, "In training he was like Messi. Really, like Messi. Ask anyone."

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Meanwhile former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also spoke about Salah and what all conjured when and after he signed Salah.

Jose said, "When the club decided to sell him (Salah), it was not me. I bought him, I didn't sell him, and my relationship with him was good, is good. I pushed the club to buy him. At the time, we had fantastic attacking players, [Eden] Hazard and Willian, but I told them to buy that kid."