Egypt international Mohamed Salah will consider quitting his time with the national team after becoming unhappy at the reaction of him becoming an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic, according to reports.
The Liverpool star has only featured in one of the Pharaohs' games at the World Cup this summer, scoring a consolation goal against Russia after being left as an unused substitute in their opening match against Uruguay.
But Salah is now believed to be weighing up his international future. The 26-year-old is claimed to feel 'exposed' after being made an honorary citizen by Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, an award which was given exclusivley to the Liverpool forward.
"Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic! That's right!" Kadyrov wrote in a social media post, quoted by CNN. "I gave Mohamed Salah a copy of the order and a pin at a celebratory dinner that I gave in honour of the Egyptian team."
It’s his personal award. But the Egyptian NT come to the dinner which is made the news “Egyptian National Team was invited to dinner in Cehchnya after Salah award”. The award is for Salah only, nothing to do with the Egypt NT org Egypt itself, that’s why Salah disappointed— Vito (@Vito_Chesapeake) June 24, 2018
The Liverpool talisman was also captured smiling during a speech from Kadyrov, with Salah reportedly unhappy at being used as a political image and eager to only get involved in topics about football.
The Egyptian national team is based in Chechnya and defeat in their opening two matches at the World Cup has ensured the Pharaohs will not qualify out of their group this summer.
Their journey in Russia will come to an end against Saudi Arabia on Monday, with both sides eager to register their first points at the World Cup when they meet at the Volgograd Arena.