Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah not planning on Stamford Bridge return

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Mohamed Salah hopes to make his Fiorentina loan stint permanent in the summer.

Having moved to Fiorentina on a six-month loan deal, Mohamed Salah has declared at his official unveiling that he is not planning on returning to Chelsea.

Salah, 22, joined Chelsea from FC Basel last winter for around £11 million, with the club beating Premier League rivals Liverpool to his signature.

The Egyptian winger showed some clear moments of promise during his first few months at the club, but found first-team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge this season, making just eight appearances for a total of 337 minutes.

Stuck behind the likes of Willian, Eden Hazard and Oscar in the pecking order, he has revealed that he asked the club about the chance of a move, before being used as a makeweight in the £23.3 million deal which saw Juan Cuadrado head to north London.

With Fiorentina having the option to make his move permanent in the summer, the creative attacker now envisages his long-term future being with the Serie A club.

"I spoke with the club and expressed my eagerness to embark on a new adventure in order to play with more continuity,” he said.

"I want to do well in Florence and win here. I'm not going to go back to Chelsea. I think I’m at Fiorentina [for the long-term].

"I'm young, I can improve in everything. I hope to do it here in Florence."

With Jose Mourinho having a plethora of attacking options at his disposal, Salah might not be too missed at Chelsea to begin with, but the club will hope that a permanent departure doesn’t see him go on to develop in a similar vein to Kevin De Bruyne, who has since grown into one of Europe’s top in-form midfielders after leaving for Wolfsburg last season.

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