Mohamed Salah urged to remain at Liverpool and beware of Neymar's situation during his time at Barcelona according to former Egypt coach Hassan Shehata
The 25-year-old ex-El Mokawloon forward is a hero in his native, as he guided Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990 and he has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer after notching 38 goals across all competitions this season.
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Shehata, who managed Egypt between 2004 and 2011 and won three successive African Cup of Nations titles for North African side has advised Salah to think twice before leaving Liverpool and warn the forward to learn from Neymar's four-year spell at Barcelona, where he was largely overshadowed by Lionel Messi.
The Egypt international joined Liverpool from Roma for £34m ($48m) in June last year.
"It is honour
to us when we talk about Mohamed Salah," Shehata was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
"He did a great job this year with Liverpool. He can either leave for Barcelona or Real Madrid, or he can stay with Liverpool.
"It is up to him, but I think he should play for the team who will always let him play.
"Salah is the biggest star with Liverpool, but with Real Madrid, he will under the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo – and that's what made Neymar leave Barcelona because he wanted to be out of Lionel Messi's shadow.
"Salah should think very well before he leaves Liverpool and get advice from trustworthy professional people, then he will take the best decision for himself."
Salah is currently out of action with a groin injury, with Liverpool hopeful that the forward will be fit in time to face Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek.
The Reds won the first leg at Anfield 3-0 and are in pole position to reach the last four stage.