May 26, 2018

'Don't put that on me!' - Conte laughs off Salah sale blame

05 May 2018, 02:03 | Kristopher Drake

Chelsea want Maurizio Sarri to Replace Conte

Antonio Conte

Limited opportunities under Jose Mourinho saw Salah leave for Fiorentina on loan 12 months later.

Liverpool parted with a fee that could rise to €50 million to bring the 25-year-old to Merseyside in June. They have had contrasting seasons with Egypt worldwide going on to net 43 goals across all competitions, while German star has found it tough to nail down a regular starting berth for the dethroned Premier League Champions.

"I think this season for Salah is a fantastic season", Conte said ahead of Chelsea's Premier League match at home to Liverpool on Sunday. For positive we're speaking a few actually good participant. But... this type of season, it would be very hard to predict.

'We are talking about a player with specific characteristics: good technique, and also very fast.

He told Football Focus: "If I play, it will be a direct duel against Salah". Every opportunity, every chance he has, he is taking them very well, ' Conte added.

And the Italian boss is also adamant that what now appears to be a considerable miscalculation did not occur on his watch.

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And Conte says he was not responsible for Salah's Blues exit.

"No, no. I have never spoken about Salah (to his bosses at the club) because the situation was very, very clear".

Sarri is reportedly so confident that the Blues will come in for him that he has put contract talks with Napoli on hold in the belief that the Londoners will make their move sooner rather than later and it is rumoured that he has already asked his coaching staff to learn English. For those who put additionally this on me, I am in hassle...

He then laughed: 'No, I do not need to take this accountability.

He said: "My opinion?" You are continuing to ask me.

"It's odd to have one question in every Press conference". My answer is always the same.

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