Liverpool star Mohamed Salah responds to Barcelona transfer speculation

Mohamed Salah says the possibility of a new deal at Liverpool is ‘in the hands of the management’ after admitting he’s flattered by interest from Barcelona.

The 29-year-old has 18 months to run on his deal at Anfield and discussions over an extension have so far proven unsuccessful.

Salah has netted 19 times in 20 matches this term, making a return to the sort of form that saw the Egyptian inspire Liverpool to the title in 2020.

Barcelona have expressed an interest in signing Salah but the Catalans could only do so when the winger’s contract expires due to their desperate finances.

And while Salah played down the likelyhood of a move to the Camp Nou, the Egypt international suggested he will only sign a new deal at Anfield if the club increase their salary offer.

‘The decision is in the hands of the management and they have to solve this issue,’ said Salah.

‘There is no problem but we have to reach an agreement for the contract. It’s up to them.

‘Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and that they are ready to do anything for you to stay, but the decision itself is not based on those financial matters only.’

On Barcelona’s interest, Salah insisted he was flattered by links to the club but that the Premier League was too ‘strong’ to leave at this moment in time.

‘I read what was said about Xavi’s interest to sign me,’ said Salah.

‘This is something that makes me happy that a team like Barcelona is interested in me, but I’m happy in Liverpool and we will see what happens in the future.

‘At the moment, I prefer to stay in the Premier League as it’s the strongest league in the world.’

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