The father of Mohamed Salah convinced his son to leave Chelsea and move to Italy, where he is now playing for Roma on loan, as per La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Italia).
The Egyptian winger endured a tough time at the Blues playing just 19 games for the club overall before joining Fiorentina on loan for the latter half of last season. His father, Ghaly Salah, has now revealed that he played a key role on his move to La Viola.
He said: “He was scared to go to Florence in January, as it was like a new world for him, but I told him it was just six months and it’d certainly be better than spending that time on the bench at Chelsea.
“It was the right decision, as Mohamed made an exceptional first impression in Italy. When he goes out, everyone crowds around to congratulate him. The Italians are a friendly people with characteristics similar to the Egyptians.”
Salah had a sensational spell with Fiorentina, scoring six goals in 16 league appearances, creating 30 chances and completing 38 take-ons, replicating the form that he had shown at his previous club, FC Basel.
The 23-year-old would not remain at the Tuscany side, however, as he refused to return to the club despite them wanting to extend his stay at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
In a controversial move, he would join Roma on another loan in the summer where he has scored five goals in Serie A for the Giallorossi but is currently sidelined for Rudi Garcia’s men after badly spraining his ankle in the 2-0 win over Lazio last weekend.