Fiorentina have issued a stamen that they will take legal action against Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah over his refusal to continue plying his trade with them.
Salah joined Artemio Franchi in January, with Juan Cuadrado moving to the Blues. The Viola were said to have the option to extend the deal for another year and buy the attacker on permanent basis at the 2015-16 season.
But Salah, who has not reported for pre-season training, is rumored to be angling for a move elsewhere, which has led to Fiorentina releasing a statement on their official website.
“The player, through his representative, rejected the offer of improvement of his contract and he has even expressed his intention to be transferred to another club and not answer a call-up that had already been submitted.”
“Our lawyers will now work to evaluate lawsuits aimed at defending Fiorentina.”
But the former FC Basel man’s agent Ramy Abbas, on the contrary claims to have document to prove that Salah can decide his own future, playing down Viola’s claims.
Talking to Radio Bruno Toscano, he said, “There is a document that proves that Salah can decide his own future,” he told.
“The contract with Fiorentina expires on June 30. Now the boy will return to Chelsea and await other offers.
“Salah will not remain with the Viola. All of the offers that the club made him have been rejected. The situation has been clear since February.
“Fiorentina knew the facts. They are a great club and they know what it means to sign a contract.
“I have explained also to Chelsea that the contract with the Viola is finished.
“Fiorentina cannot exercise any rights because the player didn’t sign a permanent contract.”
The team thought to be Salah’s next destination could be Inter, with the agent dropping a hint
“I can only say that he belongs to Chelsea but that he’s liked by Italian clubs, among others.”
“Some of these clubs have shown great interest in him. There will be news in the coming days.
“Mohamed is grateful to the city of Florence for the way in which they treated him, but I cannot speak for him: just that there will be a chance to explain everything.”
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