Egypt confident Salah will push Liverpool for Olympics release

Under Fifa rules clubs are under no obligation to release their players for Olympics

 With Mohamed Salah set to be on duty at the African Nations Cup in January it is understood Liverpool are unwilling to sanction another absence for the Olympics. File photograph: Mohsen Nabil/Getty Images

With Mohamed Salah set to be on duty at the African Nations Cup in January it is understood Liverpool are unwilling to sanction another absence for the Olympics. File photograph: Mohsen Nabil/Getty Images

 

Egyptian Football Association president Ahmed Megahed claims Mohamed Salah will push Liverpool to allow him to play in the Olympics despite the club turning down their request for him to be released.

With the forward set to be on duty at the African Nations Cup in January it is understood the club are unwilling to sanction another absence — especially during such a pivotal period in pre-season.

The Olympics in Tokyo run from July 22nd until August 7th, a week before the start of the Premier League campaign, and Liverpool do not view it as being in their best interests to allow the 29-year-old to attend.

Under Fifa rules clubs are under no obligation to release their players for the Olympics.

Megahed said Salah would make one last appeal to be allowed to join up as one of their three over-age players allowed in the squad.

“I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult,” he told Egyptian broadcaster ONTimeSport.

‘Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team.

“We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team, and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff.

“In the end, Liverpool refused the request because they do not want to lose the player at the beginning of the season, as well as next January with the Africa Cup of Nations, which will keep him from participating in the English Premier League matches.

“We spoke with Salah again, and he told us that he will make a new attempt with the technical staff of his team, to resolve the matter, and within the next two days he will find a way.”

Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino, who spent the second half of last season on loan, was also not selected as one of Japan’s over-age (24-plus) players while new signing Ibrahima Konate is also expected to be available for the start of pre-season on July 12th as the club have turned down a request from France.

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