Salah considering retiring from national team

Salah considering retiring from national team

Salah considering retiring from national team

The 2018 World Cup was meant to be a stage for Mohamed Salah to confirm his place in the upper echelon of world football after an incredible debut season with Liverpool.

CNN first reported that Salah is contemplating quitting the Egyptian National Team because he feels that he's been treated like a political pawn in Chechnya; site of the Pharaohs World Cup training base.

A picture of Salah walking beside Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov drew criticism ahead of the competition.

Salah, who was forced to miss Egypt's opening defeat against Uruguay as a result of the shoulder injury he suffered in last month's Champions League final against Real Madrid, is still expected to play for Egypt in their Group A finale with Saudi Arabia on Monday before flying home and embarking on a summer break.

"Reports that Salah wants to leave are completely wrong", the Egypt FA said.

Salah missed the opener against Uruguay, a 1-0 defeat, while he and his Egypt side were overrun by hosts Russian Federation 3-1 to exit the tournament at the group stage with one game remaining.

But Salah is now believed to be weighing up his global future.

"It is a deserved honour", Kadyrov wrote on social media, adding that Salah's presence had ignited "unprecedented interest in football" in the region.

Kadyrov has since declared Salah to be an honorary citizen of Chechnya in a ceremony with the player.

A video of the encounter released by the Russian state-funded news agency RT showed Salah smiling as Kadyrov gave a short speech and pinned a badge bearing the Chechen flag to the Liverpool forward's shirt.

Friday night's banquet was held at Kadyrov's presidential palace in Grozny. Given the vocal Tweets from his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, it's at the very least clear that all is not well in the Salah camp.

Vodafone has a sponsorship deal with Salah, but his image was plastered on Egypt's World Cup plane which was sponsored by WE, a rival telecommunications company. In an interview with BBC, he said: "Everyone has played here, even Maradona at our stadium, but we don't use this kind of thing for politics".

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