Antonio Conte has distanced himself from Chelsea’s decision to let Mohammed Salah leave Stamford Bridge, revealing that he was not consulted before the decision was reached.
Salah moved to Chelsea from Basel in January 2015 but left after a year on loan after failing to make an impact.
He left Chelsea permanently in the summer transfer window of 2016 to join Roma, and this period coincided with when Conte joined Chelsea as club boss. However, Conte has insisted that Salah’s departure from Stamford Bridge was not his choice.
Conte said: “No one asked me about him. I don’t want to take this responsibility! I would be in trouble.
“I think this season for Salah is fantastic. We are talking about a really good player. I knew him in Italy but this type of season would be very difficult to predict.
“We are talking about a character with a specific characteristic. I am seeing him very clinical. Every chance he has he takes the opportunity.”
Meanwhile, Salah returns to Stamford Bridge with Liverpool to face Chelsea on Sunday in a cracker that could potentially define the status of both clubs in their quest to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.