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‘Salah will stay at Liverpool for as long as he can’ – Mido rules out Real Madrid move for Egypt star

23:10 GMT+4 17/08/2018
Mohamed Salah Liverpool
The Reds star forward has committed to a new contract at Anfield and is being backed to remain in English football for the foreseeable future

Mohamed Salah wants to stay at Liverpool for “as long as he can”, says Mido, with Real Madrid set to be kept waiting for at least “three or four years”.

The Egypt international shot onto the transfer radar of those at Santiago Bernabeu with his stunning exploits in 2017-18.

A 44-goal haul saw the 26-year-old forward become a global superstar, with his profile now considered to fit the ‘Galactico’ mould.

Liverpool have, however, always maintained that they have no intention of selling and were able to tie their prized asset to fresh terms through to 2023 over the summer.

With that deal in place, Mido expects Salah to stay put for the foreseeable future, telling Sky Sports: “I've spoken to people around him, he's very happy and he wants to stay at Liverpool as long as he can.

“He's established himself at Liverpool and I think he will want to stay at Liverpool for another three or four years.”

On the links to Real, Mido added: “Why would he want to leave?

“Real Madrid are massive but Liverpool are not a small club. To be there and feel loved by the fans, that's what every player dreams of.”

Mido has changed his tune over recent months when it comes to the future of a fellow countryman.

Back in April, the former Tottenham striker claimed that Salah was ready to link up with Real.

He told King Fut: “I was afraid that Salah might fail at Liverpool, but I think he is ready to jump to the next level. Real Madrid would be able to use his strengths.”

Liverpool were able to fend off that interest and have already seen their Egyptian star open his account for 2018-19, with the target found in a 4-0 opening day mauling of West Ham.