Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has spoken about his “difficult” spell with rivals Chelsea.
The Egypt international decided to reject an offer from the Reds in order to move to Stamford Bridge back in January 2014 when the two clubs made offers to Swiss club Basel for his services.
He went on to become a fringe player at the London club after making the move and had to leave in order to get regular games after being frozen out by Jose Mourinho.
“All I can tell you is that I played very, very little.” he told France Football.
“From January to June 2014, I played ten games. After that, nothing.
“I respected the manager’s decision, it was his choice, but as things went on, it became very difficult for me to accept it, because it wasn’t healthy.
“I needed to leave. I love football, it’s my passion. Therefore I needed to play”. he finished.
He went on to join Fiorentina on loan, where he started to turn his career around with some impressive performances for the Italian club – which gained attention in Serie A.
Domestic rivals AS Roma decided to make a move to snap him up on a permanent transfer after beating Fiorentina to a deal with Chelsea.
And, of course, he left Rome to move to Anfield last year and the rest, as they say, is history.