Egypt reiterates their desire to name Mo Salah in the roster for the Olympics this summer, with Liverpool star at risk of missing the start of the new Premier League season.
- Egypt included Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in their preliminary Olympic squad
- The postponed Games will take place in Tokyo between July 23 and August 8
- Salah would miss the preseason and risk missing his club’s Premier League opener
- But under-23 coach Shawky Gharib insists Salah has not turned down Egypt’s offer
Egypt has stated again that they want Mohamed Salah to be part of their final squad for the Olympics this summer.
The Tokyo Games will take place from July 23 – August 8, and since each country is allowed to have three players over the age of 23, Salah could still play.
The 28-year-old would miss Liverpool’s pre-season and risk not taking part in the first game of the new Premier League campaign, depending on his country’s progression.
Egypt has stated that they want Mohamed Salah to be part of their last Olympic team
Egypt Under-23 coach Shawky Gharib named Salah in his preliminary roster for the Games
But Salah was named in Egypt’s preliminary roster for the tournament this summer by under-23 coach Shawky Gharib.
And now he has reiterated their wish for Salah to come to his country in Japan in their bid to win a first Olympic medal in the sport, adding that the player did not “decline” the offer.
‘I have made it publicly known that I would like him to be with us during our Olympic campaign and he did not decline which means he wants to play with us too,’ said Gharib, as reported by the French outlet L’Equipe
“Salah’s participation in the Olympics is supported by the state, represented by the Ministry of Sports and the Egyptian Football Association, in our concerted effort to bring home an Olympic football medal for the first time.”
Jurgen Klopp wants to review Egypt’s prep program before making a decision
The new England top campaign kicks off on August 14, a week after it was initially instituted, and will be pushed back by a week due to fears of burnout given both the euro and the Olympics this summer.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has previously said he would like to take a closer look at Egypt’s prep schedule before making a decision on whether Salah could play.
Gharib, meanwhile, has previously admitted that Salah would not play in Tokyo unless there was an agreement between the player, Liverpool and Egypt.
“I have pre-selected 10 senior players to choose from in the final list,” Gharib said, as reported by Egyptian outlet Al-Ahram.
Salah would miss the preseason and risk missing Liverpool’s Premier League opener as well
“ It is not just up to us to decide on Salah’s situation in joining the Olympic team, as we have just mentioned him and waiting for his decision together with his club.
“There must be an agreement between all parties.”
Egypt booked its place at the postponed Games after winning the Under-23 Nations Cup on home soil in 2019.