Mohamed Adel Fathi, the football supervisor at the Egyptian Arab Contractors Club, responded to the statements of Chelsea owner Todd Boley, during which the latter indicated that the Egyptian international Mohamed Salah is a graduate of the London club academy.
“We have one of the best academies in the world, the academy has produced Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Tammy Abraham, Reese James, Mason Mount and Chalubah,” Boley said in statements on the sidelines of the Salt NYC conference.
Chelsea’s ownership was transferred to American Boyle, who led an investment alliance to acquire the club for 4.25 billion pounds ($4.91 billion) in May, after Russian Roman Abramovich offered the blue club for sale in the wake of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
Mohamed Adel Fathi told Al Arabiya.net: Is there a difference between Mohamed Salah and the young Arab Contractors? Yes, he played for Chelsea for a while and he left, if Boley thinks he is a Chelsea youth, he certainly does not understand.
He continued: There are no two people in the world who do not know where Salah’s career began, I don’t care what others say, Mohamed Salah bin Arab Contractors and one of our juniors.
Salah played for two seasons between 2010 and 2012 in the ranks of the first team of the Arab Contractors before moving to the Swiss Basel for two and a half million euros, during which he appeared in 44 games, scoring 12 goals and providing 6 assists.
Chelsea paid 16 million euros to Basel for signing the Premier League top scorer 3 times, but he did not shine with the “Blues”, as he played 19 games in all competitions and scored only two goals.
Salah moved to play in the ranks of the Arab Contractors youth team in 2006 when he was 14 years old.