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Egyptian club slams ‘ignorant’ Todd Boehly for Mohamed Salah claim

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The new Chelsea owner included Salah’s name among the club’s academy products.

Mohamed Salah’s first club, Al Mokawloon, have hit out at Todd Boehly for naming the Egyptian as one of their academy products.

Salah came up through Al Mokawloon’s academy before making his senior debut for the club in May 2010. 

Following a two-year spell at the Egyptian side, Salah kick-started his European career by joining FC Basel. He then joined Chelsea, who sent him out to loan deals at Fiorentina and Roma, before agreeing to his permanent move to the latter side.

Speaking about Chelsea’s academy, Todd Boehly told SALT“We have one of the best academies in the world. 

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“If you look at what our academy has developed, our academy is Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne. More recently Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Mason Mount, Trevoh Chalobah.”

The comments triggered a furious response from Salah’s first club.

“What the new owner of Chelsea says shows a lack of understanding,” Al Mokawloon board member Mohamed Adel Fathi wrote on Facebook.

“Mohamed Salah is a source of pride for the Al Mokawloon Club and Egyptian and Arab football. We are honoured that he is one of our sons. 

“The whole world knows Salah’s career and how he started with us, but it seems that the owner of Chelsea is the only person in the world who is ignorant of this information.”