Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has defended the club, saying it is not right to call Chelsea’s decision to let go of Mohammed Salah in 2016 a mistake.
The 25-year-old has been a revelation for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, putting up performances which saw him emerge as the PFA Player of the Year Award winner.
There are causes to believe that things would have been different if Chelsea hadn’t let him leave to define his footballing career, first on loan to Fiorentina, then to Roma before a permanent deal with the Stadio Olimpico outfit was struck.
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Jose Mourinho has come under fire from Chelsea fans and neutrals for not utilizing Salah whilst at Chelsea and letting him leave. However, Conte has defended the decision which was made by the manager who now plies his managerial trade at Manchester United.
When asked if it was a mistake to let Salah leave Stamford Bridge, Conte replied: “It’s not so simple. We have to compare Salah of four or five years ago, and not this Salah now. Salah in the present has improved a lot, developed a lot his football.
“The experience in Italy was very important for him. Now I’m sure that he’s a different player compared to in the past. For this reason, this comparison is very difficult with the players.”