Mohamed Salah retirement claim is a 'big lie', says Egypt FA member

Egypt are already out of the World Cup after losing both of their opening two matches

Egypt are already out of the World Cup after losing both of their opening two matches

A source with knowledge of Salah's position on the matter confirmed this stance to ESPN FC, adding that the player is now considering his future with his national team.

The CNN report states that: "Salah feels exposed by what has happened in Chechnya".

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov granted Mohamed Salah an honorary citizenship at a gala dinner with the Egyptian team in Kadyrov's palace in Grozny, the city where the national team was staying.

The Chechnya leader is a controversial figure at home and overseas, having been accused of human rights abuses and the murder of homosexuals in his homeland.

Egypt's final World Cup game is against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Before the tournament began, Salah received an intense amount of backlash for being pictured smiling alongside Kadyrov, a leader branded by many as a tyrant due to his records of human rights abuses and public stances that are prejudicial and offensive to numerous groups of people.

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Mr Kadyrov handed Salah, 26, a decree declaring him a citizen and pinned a badge to his chest in honour of Egypt's World Cup team.

In contrast to the reports, Egyptian FA board member Essam Abdel Fattah claims there is no truth to suggestions Salah is close to quitting.

'Mohamed Salah thanked us for the surprisingly warm and good reception, excellent attitude to the team, excellent living conditions and training, ' Kadyrov posted on Russian social network site VK.

Salah, who scored 44 goals for the Reds last season, is set for an early exit from the finals in Russian Federation after the Pharoahs lost their opening tow matches. He is a player who really wanted to play at this World Cup but unfortunately he arrived with an injury.

Salah went to war with the Egyptian FA when they used his image rights without his permission, and put him at risk of a massive financial loss.

But his worldwide future will now be under consideration as a result of the events in Chechnya during the tournament.

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