Chelsea star Salah excused from military service

Reports in Egypt this week suggested the 22-year-old would have to return to his homeland to serve in the armed forces, but he has now been informed this is not the case
By Liam Twomey

Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah will not have to return to Egypt to do military service, Goal understands.

Earlier this week reports in Egypt had suggested that Salah would be forced to go back to his homeland to serve in the armed forces after his place in an education program was rescinded, meaning he could not travel abroad.

But Egyptian news outlet reported that the country's prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab then intervened personally in the matter, holding a meeting with his minister for higher education and national team coach Shawky Gharib in which he described the ruling as "threatening" the future of Egyptian football.

And Goal understands that Salah has now been given confirmation that he is no longer obligated to return to his homeland to do military service, which traditionally ranges from 12 months to three years.

On Monday Salah travelled with the rest of the Chelsea squad to a pre-season training camp in Austria, and the club consider the matter settled.

Salah moved to Stamford Bridge from Basel for £11 million in January and scored two goals in 10 Premier League appearances for the Blues, netting in home wins against Arsenal and Stoke City.