Zinedine Zidane speaks out on Mo Salah rumors ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Liverpool
The meeting between Real Madrid and Liverpool in the Champions League quarterfinals is already billed as a clash of champions, with the two clubs winning their respective domestic leagues last term. But rumors of a potential transfer of Liverpool star Mo Salah to Real Madrid have made their match even more anticipated.
At a pre-match press conference ahead of the first leg, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was asked about a potential Salah transfer. But the Frenchman chose to focus on his club’s current lineup of players and the match at hand.
“He isn’t my player,” Zidane told reporters when asked if he wanted to coach Salah, per Goal.com. “I have 25 players here, at the moment I’m a Real Madrid coach and I enjoy every day of the moment.”
After winning the Premier League title last season, Liverpool has been plagued with injuries this season and has fallen to sixth in the table. But the 28-year-old Egyptian has remained brilliant for the Reds, scoring 26 goals in 41 appearances this season.
Salah first fueled speculation of a potential move to the La Liga champions when he said back in December that a potential move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid wasn’t out of the question in his future.
But if Real Madrid wants to secure the services of one of the world’s best players, it would reportedly cost them around $139 million. Salah, who joined Liverpool in 2017 for an initial fee of $51 million, has scored 120 goals in 193 matches for the clubs since arriving at Anfield and is under contract until 2023.
At this point, the transfer is mostly still just speculation but should add an interesting subplot to the Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Liverpool.