Mohamed Salah has suggested he may continue his Egypt career in a cryptic social media post that also appealed to the necessity of an unspecified "change".
Despite travelling to the World Cup under an injury shadow, Salah was one of the few Egypt players to stand out in a deeply disappointing campaign.
Three consecutive defeats sent the north African side packing from the finals, leading to speculation that Salah could drop out of international football.
But the player suggested that he could still continue with an ambiguous message posted on Sunday.
"Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change," the forward wrote on Twitter.
Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change.— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) 1 de julio de 2018
“This is a big lie," board member Essam Abdel Fattah told Goal when asked about claims Salah could quit. "Nothing like this is true and I wonder how CNN are reporting these things."
When asked for his thoughts on the controversy surrounding meetings with Kadyrov, he added: "I don’t understand this. We’re guests in this man’s land and he invited us for a dinner. We can’t refuse something like that and this is very normal.
"[Critics] are mixing politics and sports? We’re a sports team and nothing can involve us in politics.
"I’m sick of all these rumours around our team. Today it was also said that an EFA member’s son was selling a ticket illegally...these are silly things and still lies."
"I just want to say that Egypt reached the World Cup after 28 years, some players here do not have the required experience. Thanks to all of them and we will back again in 2022," he said after the nation's finals came to an end, as he apologised to fans for the disappointing campaign.
Salah has made 59 appearances for Egypt, scoring 35 goals.