Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah signs new long-term contract to end exit speculation

Mohamed Salah has signed a new long-term deal to extend his stay at Liverpool, the club announced on Friday.

Salah’s contract was due to expire next summer and the forward announced ahead of the Champions League final that he would stay at Anfield next season.

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The Egypt international has now put an end to speculation about his future and signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League club.

“I feel great and [am] excited to win trophies with the club. It’s a happy day for everyone,” he told the club’s official website.

“I think it takes a bit of time to renew but it’s all done now so we just need to focus on what’s next.

“I think you can see that the team has always been going for the last five or six years [upwards]. Last season we came close to winning four titles but unfortunately we lost two titles in the last week of the season.

“I think we’re in a good position to fight for everything. We also have signings. We just have to keep working hard, have a good vision, be positive and give everything again.”

Salah’s wage demands were a stumbling block but a delegation flew out to meet the player, who is still on holiday in the Mediterranean, and reached an agreement that reportedly makes the striker the highest-paid player in club history.

The 30-year-old scored 31 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season and helped them win the League Cup and FA Cup.

The forward shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min and was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year. He also received the highest award from the Football Writers’ Association.

Salah, who joined the Merseyside team from Italian club AS Roma in 2017, has scored 156 goals in 254 games.

“This is a special treat for our fans so they can enjoy their weekend even more. I’m sure there will be some celebration of this news tonight,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the club’s website on Friday.

“Really satisfied – really very satisfied. It’s the best decision for us and the best decision for him. He’s one of us, I think. This is his club now.

“Obviously it took a little while, but that’s totally fine and the best things are always worth waiting for anyway. Mo is one of the best players in the world; it’s only normal that there are things to sort out when you’re at your level. Kudos to Julian Ward and Mike Gordon for leading us to this goal.

“I have no doubt that Mo’s best years are yet to come. And that’s saying something, because the first five seasons here were legendary.

“This is just great news. I have to smile when I think about it. He stays with us longer and that means we can achieve more together.”

Information from the Associated Press and Reuters was included in this report.

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Emma Bowman

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