The President of the Egyptian Football Association, Ahmed Megahed revealed that Mohamed Salah would like to play for Egypt at the Olympics. The club has already reportedly turned down a request from the player. The club cannot sanction leave of absence with salah competing at the African Cup of Nations. The Olympics take place at the most important time of pre-season for a player as well as a club. They commence on July 22 while ending on august 7, exactly a week before the start of the new premier league season. Fifa has made it clear that no club is under any obligation to send the players for the Olympics.
“I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult. Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team.” Egyptian Megahead said while talking about Mohamed Salah. “We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff.”
“In the end, Liverpool refused the request because they do not want to lose the player at the beginning of the season, as well as next January with the Africa Cup of Nations, which will keep him from participating in the English Premier League matches,” he added. “We spoke with Salah again, and he told us that he will make a new attempt with the technical staff of his team, to resolve the matter, and within the next two days he will find a way.”
Liverpool has two players who turned down requests to take part in the Olympics. Takumi Minamino will not represent japan at the Olympics. Ibrahima Konate is also said to have not taken upon his invite from France.