Mohamed Salah’s lawyer has responded to Fiorentina’s threat of legal action against the Chelsea winger after saying his client wants to play for “a club with different moral values.”
The claimed earlier today they had contacted their own lawyers after Salah’s representative, Ramy Abbas, revealed the winger, 23, would not be returning to the club.
The Egyptian spent the second half of last season on loan at the Italian side before Fiorentina paid Chelsea just over £700,000 to extend Salah’s stay for another year.
The jet-heeled midfielder subsequently turned down the chance to stay at the club amid rumours linking him to Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan, which resulted in Fiorentina issuing a statement confirming their decision to consider legal action.
But Salah’s lawyer has now responded to the news by labelling the Florence side as “pathetic” for going back on their promise.
“Please note, in response to the Viola’s Press release, that at the moment Salah is a Chelsea player,” Abbas said.
“We referred to the document signed by all [three] parties in January, which is clear, crystal clear, and it’s regrettable that Fiorentina are now talking about legal proceedings.
“It’s very sad to see a great club like Fiorentina make such pathetic attempts to renege on their agreements, and their written contractual obligations.
“Salah would like to play for a club with different moral and professional values.”
Salah arrived at Stamford Bridge from Swiss champions Basel for an £11 million fee in January 2014 but found regular playing time difficult to come by, often being used as a substitute by Jose Mourinho.
After spending the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina, it is believed Inter have now offered the 23-year-old nearly £50,000-a-week to come to the San Siro.
Juventus and Roma are also thought to be keen on a move for the winger whose future looks set to continue in Italy.