Chelsea's Spurs-linked forward Mohamed Salah wants to stay at Fiorentina, says club’s sporting director

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The Chelsea winger spent last season on loan in Italy, but his next move is yet to be decided.

Mauricio Pochettino’s need to bolster the Tottenham Hotspur attack is evident after disappointing campaigns for several of his forwards last season.

One of the more left-field links to emerge - in the Metro - was that of Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah. The Chelsea man is something of SpursEuropa League nemesis, netting against them during his time at FC Basel and on loan at Fiorentina last season.

Relations between Daniel Levy and Roman Abramovich have reportedly soured since the Luka Modric transfer saga three years ago and any cooperation between the two teams at this point seems unlikely.

Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has now addressed the situation, as the Italians look to secure Salah on another season-long loan.

"Fiorentina have exercised our option, the player has the right to choose and hopefully it’ll be in our favour," Prade said, as per Goal.com.

"We want to keep him, and Salah will talk to the coach. His predisposition is to stay.”

The winger enjoyed a successful year at Fiorentina last season, managing nine goals and four assists in his 24 appearances, but still appears surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs are looking to supplement their attack with Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Andros Townsend all possibly departing this summer – per the Daily Mail. The Chelsea winger would be ideal for Mauricio Pochettino’s pressing game and his arrival would bring much-needed pace to the Spurs attack, but it appears the player now has his heart set on a Fiorentina stay.

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