Liverpool have informed the Egyptian FA that they will not be releasing Mohamed Salah for the Tokyo Olympics. The chairman of the Egyptian FA had said last month that the winger was keen to represent Egypt at the Olympics. As the competition is not recognized by FIFA, clubs are not obligated to release their players. The Tokyo Olympics will take place from July 22 to August 7. The Premier League is set to begin a week after the Olympics gets over.
“We started talking with them a long time ago because Salah wanted to play the Olympic Games, but Liverpool were unclear,” Ahmed Megahed said about Liverpool releasing Mohamed Salah for the Tokyo Olympics. “I knew in June they would not let him go. Anyway, we respect their decision. I tried many, many times with Liverpool, as did the Egypt FA, to persuade them to let Salah be a part of the Olympic team but they refused completely.
“Mohamed wanted to play the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. He talked with me, I did my best to bring him. Salah was a key player in my Olympic plans. But the club refused – we need to move on.” he added.
The Liverpool winger himself has not made any comment about his plans for the Olympics. Gharib unfortunately could not select Aston Villa’s Mohamed Trezeguet due to an injury. Egypt released their squad for the Olympics without their two Premier League stars.