Egypt FA respond to Salah international retirement claims

Matt Stead

Mohamed Salah is “happy” in the Egypt camp, despite claims he is considering international retirement.

Salah was reported to be considering his international future after a series of pictures with controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov were published.

Kadyrov has been accused of gross human rights violations in Chechnya, but was pictured with his arm around Salah before the World Cup.

The Liverpool striker was also granted “honorary citizenship” by Kadyrov at a dinner held for the Egypt squad.

Salah has faced considerable backlash as a result, and feels he has been used and exploited as a political symbol to gain support for Kadyrov.

The player himself has not responded to claims that Kadyrov is using him to improve his own image, but the Egyptian FA released a statement on Sunday.

“Reports that Salah wants to leave are completely wrong,” they said.

“Mo is still with us now and he is happy in the camp. He is eating and laughing with his team-mates. He is training well and that means no problem.”