Arriving to compete with the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar for the attacking roles at Stamford Bridge, the 22-year-old was always going to struggle for game time, and he made just 10 league appearances in his first season in West London.
Following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas over the summer, the Egyptian international’s playing time has reduced even further, registering a lowly two Premier League appearances this term - both as a substitute.
His failure to impact Mourinho’s first-team selection has seen Salah linked with a switch away from Stamford Bridge, with Besiktas and Internazionale linked with a six-month loan deal for the winger. Many people are pleading him to leave the club so as to revive the promising career he was showing during his time with FC Basel, but national teammate Mahmoud Kahraba wants Salah to stay with the Blues - as it shines brightly on Egyptian football.
Speaking to Kingfut, the Grasshopper’s forward said: “Mohamed Salah was not mistaken when he chose Chelsea, his presence in Chelsea’s squad makes all Egyptians proud; I do not advise him to leave like many others do.”
Renowned for his attacking play and pace, Salah is considered something of a national icon is his homeland - a nation currently suffering under the negative aspects of football - and his move to Chelsea was highly praised amongst the national press. Regardless of his limited inclusion in the Blues first-team, his position in a squad looking set to conquer the Premier League has become the new dream for many Egyptian footballers, and Kahraba admitted that he intends to follow Salah’s career path rather than return to playing in his homeland.
He added: “My goal is to replicate Mohamed Salah’s experience in Europe, I want to return there, he is my role model and I always keep his achievements in my mind to motivate me.”