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Antonio Conte has distanced himself from Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah back in 2016.
Salah had his first taste of Premier League football at Stamford Bridge but struggled to make an impact under Jose Mourinho.
The Egyptian was sent on loan to Roma during the 2015-16 and made his move permanent in the summer, shortly after Conte’s arrival at the club.
But Conte insists he had no involvement in the decision to sanction Salah’s sale. Asked whether the club asked for his opinion on Salah before selling him to Roma, Conte said:
‘No, I have never spoke about this because I think the situation was clear. ‘No one asked me about him, I don’t want to take this responsibility! I would be in trouble.’
Despite struggling at Chelsea, Salah enjoyed two productive campaigns in Italy before joining Liverpool last summer.
Under Jurgen Klopp, the 25-year-old has scored over 40 goals, winning the PFA Player of the Year award and helping Liverpool reach the Champions League final.
‘I think this season for Salah is fantastic,’ Conte added. ‘We are talking about a really good player.
‘I knew him in Italy but to wait for this type of season, it will be very difficult to predict this type of season for him.
‘He’s a player with special characteristics, good technique and very fast. This season I’m seeing a very clinical player, every opportunity, every chance he takes.’