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new deal? Liverpool eager to end speculation over Mohamed Salah's future as soon as possible


Mohamed Salah (Peter Powell/PA)

Mohamed Salah (Peter Powell/PA)

Mohamed Salah (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool are preparing for talks with Mohamed Salah and his advisers, with the Egyptian yet to make a decision on whether he will sign what might be the last big contract of his career with the Anfield club.

Speculation over Salah's future has been swirling in recent months, with the 29-year-old giving two interviews with Madrid newspaper Marca in recent months expressing his admiration for Real Madrid, with his current Liverpool deal set to expire in the summer of 2023.

Salah has also been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with Liverpool keen to ensure one of their most valuable assets does not follow in the footsteps of Gini Wijnaldum and run down his contract and secure a lucrative free transfer.

Yet with Liverpool's owners reluctant to offer long-term contracts to players over the age of 30, they will need to make a special exception to keep Salah for the next four years and yet there is no guarantee he wants to end his career on Merseyside.

Despite the suggestions that he may be eyeing up a move away from Liverpool, Anfield chiefs are hopeful they can secure Salah's future beyond his current contract, even though they are reluctant to break the club's current wages structure.

Salah and Thiago Alcantara top the Liverpool wages list on £200,000-a-week, with decisions needing to be made on the future of several star names as Jordan Henderson (31), Virgil van Dijk (29), Sadio Mane (29) and Roberto Firmino (29) all at the back end of their careers.

Yet Wijnaldum is reported to have secured a mega £315,000-a-week three-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain after sealing his free transfer to the French capital.

Salah's relationship with Liverpool has been under scrutiny after his ex-international teammate Mohamed Aboutrika went public to claim his close friend has "has a number of issues with the club" in an TV interview.

Last week, it was confirmed that Salah has been blockedfrom competing in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, despite Egypt Football Association president Ahmed Megahed confirming the player battled with his employers to play in the competition.

"We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team, and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff, but in the end, Liverpool refused the request," said Megahed.

"They do not want to lose the player at the beginning of the season, as well as next January with the Africa Cup of Nations, which will keep him from participating in the English Premier League matches."

That decision may be another dent in Salah's relationship with his club, with Liverpool goalscoring great John Aldridge suggesting Salah may be sold unless he signs a new contract.

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"Salah has two years left on his contract and if he doesn't show a willingness to extend that, Liverpool will have to consider selling him this summer," Aldridge told the Sunday World.

"Even though he hasn't been at his best this season, Salah is still on course to finish the season as the Premier League's top scorer and it is a reminder that he is a class act.

"Liverpool have to decide whether they want to keep him for the next few years or cash in on him now.

"There have been rumours that he is interested in a move to Real Madrid and PSG, but Salah and Liverpool will have that conversation in the next few weeks and there is no guarantee he will stay."

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