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Egyptian winger Salah ‘needs time’ to adapt, says Chelsea spokesman

The 21-year-old striker has only made three substitute appearances since signing on with the club in late January

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Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has high hopes for Egyptian forward’s Mohamed Salah, accorindg to Egyptian news website Ahram Online.

Since the London club’s signing of Salah in late January, the 21-year-old striker has so far only made three substitute appearances, totaling 60 minutes.

However, Mourinho will need time to get adjusted to playing for the highly competitive British footballing scene, a spokesman for the club said.

“Salah needs six months to adapt our game and the demands of the Premier League,” said the spokesman, stating that Mourinho told Salah that the next season will be his “breakthrough season.”

Time to settle

“He just needs some time to settle and to be more familiar with the Premier League,” he added, denying Egyptian media reports that had quoted Mourinho as saying that Salah’s ability “is small.”

“It’s important for Salah to come step by step and try to improve and adapt,” the spokesman said. Mourinho says the England football world Salah came to is different quality of football he comes from.

In a recent interview with the official Chelsea Magazine, Salah said that would he find adjusting the club challenging.

“I know it will not be easy to play every game for Chelsea because we have so many very good players in my position,” he added.