Mourinho sold Chelsea star even though he 'played like Lionel Messi in training'

Former Chelsea defender Felipe Luis has rubbished suggestions Mohamed Salah struggled at Chelsea and says he was sold by Jose Mourinho despite ‘playing like Lionel Messi in training’.

The Egyptian has enjoyed a superb career since leaving Stamford Bridge, moving to Liverpool from Roma where he was scored 118 goals in 186 games and won both the Champions League and Premier League.

Salah first got a shot in English football with Chelsea but was handed just 13 appearances – mainly as a substitute – under Mourinho before being loaned out twice and then sold.

While it has previously been suggested that Salah was a shadow of the player he is today during his time at Chelsea, Filipe Luis insists it was obvious that the winger was a superstar in the making and was astonished when he was sold.

‘[Mourinho] didn’t get the best out of me, just as he didn’t with Salah,’ the Brazilian told The Guardian.

Asked if anyone could have seen Salah exploding the way he has at Liverpool, Filipe Luis continued: ‘I suffered Salah in training, pfff.

‘When he went Fiorentina, I said: “Why are you going, Momo? This is Chelsea.” And he said: “I need to play.” I thought: “This kid’s good.”

‘He never went for money or to win more; he went to show he could play. In training he was like Messi. Really, like Messi. Ask anyone.’

Filipe Luis had his own tumultuous relationship with Mourinho and was sold after just one season but respected the Portuguese coach, saying: ‘Mourinho’s tremendously competitive, which is what makes him great.

‘The team fit together without me. And he didn’t abandon me: he always sent Rui Faria to talk to me and I never went 10 games without playing. It might look like we fell out but I admire him. I won the league with him.’

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