Mohamed Salah has confirmed his contract with Liverpool will expire next season, but the Egyptian forward remains non-committal about his future at Anfield after 2023. Salah’s contract expires at the end of next season and talks on a new deal dragged on on for months without a solution. Ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, Salah said his entire focus is on winning the biggest trophy in European football for the second time. “I don’t want to talk about the contract. I will definitely stay next season, let’s see after that,” Salah said on Liverpool’s pre-match media day on Wednesday.
“In my mind I don’t focus on the contract. I don’t want to be selfish, it’s about the team. It’s a very important week for us, I want Hendo (Jordan Henderson) to have the trophy back in his hands. .”
However, Real’s failure to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s French striker Kylian Mbappe has sparked speculation that they could now be in the race for Salah.
The 29-year-old took his third Premier League Golden Boot in five seasons on Sunday when he shared the award with Tottenham’s Son Heung-min on 23 goals.
Salah’s fellow forward Sadio Mane also refused to commit his long-term future to Liverpool.
The Senegal international is out of contract in 2023 and has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich.
“I will answer this question (about my future) after the Champions League,” Mane told Sky Sports.
“Whether I stay or not, I’m going to answer after the Champions League.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp rejected the suggestion that Salah and Mane’s futures could be decided in Paris on Saturday.
‘No not at all. Why? If we win, will they go?’ said Klopp.
“We are in talks with all the players, but it’s just not the time to talk about the results of these talks. It’s all clear.
“Players have this idea, we have this idea and sometimes they match right away. Sometimes not and then you work together. We’ve known each other for a long time.”
Salah’s ‘worst moment’
In the wake of Real’s stunning comeback against Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Champions League, which was a repeat of the 2018 final between Liverpool and the Spanish giants, Salah said he had a “score to equalize”.
Salah was eliminated early in Real’s 3-1 win in Kyiv due to a dislocated shoulder after being pulled to the ground by Sergio Ramos.
The injury also left him stumbling for the 2018 World Cup when Egypt crashed in the group stage.
“It was the worst moment of my career,” he added. “I’ve had a good season and when I played the Champions League final, I had to leave after 30 minutes.
“I thought we couldn’t lose like this. I’ve never felt that feeling in football before.
“It was the first Champions League final for most of us. We were very disappointed. We managed to win the following year, so it was kind of revenge.”
Reds captain Jordan Henderson claimed there was no need for revenge to fuel Liverpool as they aim to finish a remarkable season on a high.
Liverpool have already won the League Cup and FA Cup, but their bid to achieve an unprecedented quadruple in size ended on Sunday when Manchester City gave them a one-point lead in the Premier League.
“You don’t need more motivation than playing a Champions League final against Madrid,” said Henderson.
“They are a world-class squad, world-class players all over the field. We need to be 100 percent, but we are ready.”
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