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Mohamed Salah says he is ‘not asking for crazy stuff’ in Liverpool contract talks

Mohamed Salah has outlined his contract demands to Liverpool and insists they reflect his achievements at Anfield rather than “asking for crazy stuff”. 

The Egypt forward, 29, has won the Champions League and Premier League during five years on Merseyside but his current deal expires next year and there has been no agreement over an extension.  

“I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands,” Salah told GQ. “They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff.

“The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something because they appreciate what you did for the club. I’ve been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have [been] told the situation. It’s in their hands.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has recently suggested there is confidence over a new contract being agreed, saying it is “not a thing you do meeting for a cup of tea in the afternoon”. 

As the Premier League’s top goalscorer, Salah’s value in the market would expect to be than £400,000 a week when compared to other players of similar status. Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners must weigh up the value of handing out a lucrative contract to a player who turns 30 at the end of the current campaign. 

Salah is currently away on Egypt duty at the Africa Cup of Nations and has made the three-man shortlist, along with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, for Fifa’s best men’s player of 2021.

“If you asked me if this was a drive for me to be here? Yeah, of course,” he said, when asked about his ambition to win the Ballon D’Or. 

“I can’t really lie and say honestly I didn’t think about it. No, I think about it. I want to be the best player in the world. But I will have a good life even if I don’t win. My life is OK, everything is fine.”

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