Mohamed Salah Says He's Staying with Liverpool: 'I Don't Focus About the Contract'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 25, 2022

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool looks on during a training session at AXA Training Centre on May 25, 2022 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reaffirmed his commitment to the club for the 2022-23 season.

The star attacker has one more year left on his contract with Liverpool, raising questions about his long-term future at Anfield.

"I am just focused on the team and don't want to talk about my contract," Salah told reporters Wednesday. "But I am staying next season for sure, that's for sure.

"In my mind, I don't focus about the contract at the moment. I don't want to be selfish. I said two months ago, it's all about the team now."

Along with Salah, Sadio Mane is approaching the final year of his contract. Liverpool chairman Tom Werner told The Athletic's James Pearce that negotiations are ongoing on both fronts.

"I'd like to keep those conversations confidential but obviously we've articulated our desire that they remain," Werner said. "Beyond that, I'll leave that to [assistant sporting director Julian Ward]."

A player of Salah's caliber is bound to be on the radar of Europe's best clubs in any summer, and his contract status might lead interested suitors to take more aggressive approaches, knowing this could be the last opportunity for Liverpool to cash in.

While at Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp resisted overtures to sell Robert Lewandowski, and the Polish striker signed with Bayern Munich on a free transfer ahead of the 2014-15 season. Klopp also took the same approach with Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum, who left Anfield on free transfers.

But it seems unlikely Liverpool would let a Salah sale pass if it didn't view the 29-year-old as a key contributor beyond 2022-23. Transfermarkt values him at $110 million, tied for the third-highest mark in the world.

Real Madrid bid €200 million for Kylian Mbappe last summer when the Paris Saint-Germain striker had one year left on his contract. While Salah won't command that much, a nine-figure fee might not be implausible.

For now, Salah isn't going anywhere. It might be premature, however, to expect the situation won't evolve once the transfer window opens if he and Liverpool remain at an impasse.