Egypt team manager Ihab Leheta denies rumors circulated on a foreign website regarding Mohamed Salah’s retirement from international football after the 2018 World Cup.
In releases to journalists today Sunday، Leheta said that Salah has not informed anyone of the coaching staff about his decision. He added that the player hasn’t also released any statements on his personal accounts on social media websites regarding this matter.
A controversial picture of Mohamed Salah with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was taken before the World Cup، before Kadyrov made Salah an honorary citizen of the Russian republic last Friday. “Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic! That’s right!” Kadyrov tweeted.
The CNN reported that Salah is thinking about international retirement as he believes he has been used politically against his will and “feels exposed by what has happened in Chechnya”، a source told the news network.
The 26-year-old didn’t feature in Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay due to injury، before playing the full 90 minutes against Russia، scoring the Pharaohs’ only goal in a 3-1 loss.
The forward scored a penalty in the second game against the hosts، but Hector Cuper's men were beaten both by Russia and Uruguay.
The Pharaohs are set to clash against Saudi Arabia on Monday in the 2018 Russia World Cup.