Mohamed Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa insists that no decision has yet been made over the Liverpool star’s participation in this year’s Olympic Games.
It was strongly suggested on Wednesday that Salah’s inclusion as one of three overage players in Egypt’s under-23 squad was a formality, with coach Shawky Gharib saying that the federation had “settled on” calling up the country’s star man.
The Olympics football tournament will run from July 22 to August 8 this year, with the final falling on the same date that the 2020/21 Premier League season will kick off.
That means that Salah would have to miss the final two weeks of Liverpool’s pre-season, as well as a likely Community Shield appearance and possibly the first game of the league campaign.
“Out of the three senior players we’ll call-up, Salah is the only one we’re settled on so far because he’s simply one of the top three players in the world,” Shawky told ON Sport, via the Mail Online.
“I haven’t talked to Salah at all about him joining the under-23 squad for the Olympics, but in all honesty, his participation in the Olympics will need a little effort from him as well.”
Red boss Jurgen Klopp has previously voiced his opinion on the matter, stating that he would not be “too cool” with losing one of his star players for the opening of the new campaign.
And now Issa has joined the discussion on Twitter, quote tweeting a Liverpool fan site’s report of the claims and simply stating “No decision has been made yet”.
Egypt are one of three African nations who have qualified for the Olympics football tournament, along with Ivory Coast and South Africa.
Salah payed for his nation in the 2012 Olympics in the UK, scoring in all three of his nation’s group games before they lost to Japan in the quarter-finals.