Unai Emery reveals why he turned down Mo Salah at PSG

Arsenal coach, Unai Emery has revealed why he turned down Mo Salah while he was in PSG, also saying the Egyptian is now among the world’s best.

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Unai Emery turned down the chance to sign Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah while at Paris Saint-Germain due to having concerns over him.

The decision came while Salah was plying his trade at Roma, where he spent 12 months on loan and a further year on a permanent deal.

Salah went on to join Liverpool for a then club-record £36 million (€46m), which could rise by £7m due to a series of add-ons, and netted 44 times in his maiden campaign at Anfield.

That form has continued into the 2018-19 campaign, with the 26-year-old having found the net 15 times for the Reds, who lead the Premier League table at the halfway stage.

Speaking on Salah, Emery said;

“We spoke about the possibility of signing Salah to Paris Saint-Germain when he was playing at Roma,”

“We had some concerns and then he signed for Liverpool [in June 2017]. These concerns have gone.

“Now if you are speaking about the five top players in the world, one is Salah.

“Today I can say to you, if we were to sign him, we would be signing a player in the top five in the world.”

Asked specifically about his worries, Emery added:

“How he can take his performances into a big team, for example, PSG.”

After finishing third in the Goal 50 standings, Salah was voted into sixth in the 2018 Ballon d’Or, with Luke Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann completing the podium.

339 Comments

  1. Mo Salah has done well for himself, i belief whatever happened in the past only contributed to his determination to be the best.

  2. Psg missed,to sign salah now is not just a mere signing.. He is one of the best in the world.. He is good and am proud he s an African

  3. I really love mohammed salah because he is and experience player and he also did a great job for his club

  4. PSG loss is Liverpool gain. Chelsea also regret letting him go, imagine a Chelsea team with Hazard and Salah.

  5. Emery is a human being, and are bond to make mistake, for him not had signed Mohammed Sallah is one of those things that happen in football

  6. Salah is one of the best player I admire so much. Perhaps the occurrence of the past contributed to his present Input and output in his Career and the club as a whole.

  7. This is good news,it is for the best,mo sallah isn’t fast enough at playing, so he is not in the game,this is good news

  8. Salah is one of the best player in world, some mistakes done will only make us wiser and learn from it, I believe those things are want make him the one best player now.

  9. At least you have acknowledge that he is among the world best. There is always a room for improvement in whatever we do.

  10. That’s by the way. No need crying over spilt milk. Concentrate on improving your current team with quality players.

  11. that is the way it is, when you are concern about whether one is capable of deliver on his or her assignments and because of that miss that person it is always turn out like these. So that is it, congracts to Move Salah.

  12. when you are concern about whether one is capable of deliver on his or her assignments and because of that miss that person it is always turn out like these.

  13. Life is like an egg, we’ve to take it very soft and easy because most times, things done can never be recovered. I know he’s obviously regretting it now but doesn’t want to say it in a straight forward manner

  14. You are like your predecessor that’s how he missed out to in signing good players who today become world class players

  15. NO DOUBT MOHAMMED SALAH IS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE PLAYERS IN THE WORLD…..HE IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME@LIVERPOOL

  16. Thats good, it’s not good to look down on someone because you don’t know what future has in stock

  17. May be he’s not as good as this then, Mo Sallah has now become world class player. Congratulations to him

  18. Who knows if he had signed for PSG his carear might have ended there with all the array of stars that they have

  19. It’s so sorry you missed a quality player as Salah. But truly he’s one of the world’s best at the moment.

  20. Mo Salah has done well for himself, i believe whatever happened in the past only contributed to his determination to be the best.

  21. Does arsenal always go for the best, they alwYs make up player, I no this is a mistake that requires wake up.

  22. Mohammed Salah has proven himself to be a great and very talented player who is adjudged one the best in the world of football today.

  23. Sallah is one of the best as of now, and am sure he picked up from all his disappointment ….PSG are regretting now am sure

  24. Salah is one of the best player,he has done wonderfully well for himself, he should forget about the past and move forward.

  25. Perhaps the occurrence of the past contributed to his present Input and output in his Career and the club as a whole.

  26. I guess the star footballer was meant to play in Liverpool football club as a place where he would massively hit his football limelight, he didn’t sign him then, but i know if he had the opportunity now he would take it

  27. The stone the builders rejected became the corner stone.. Salah is indeed a great player.. Best in Africa and among the best in the world I must say

  28. There is no doubt Sala is one of the best the game have currently but before now his stat was not encouraging for coaches to sign him.

  29. salah was among the best players before, but don’t know what happened. It’s been long i heard his name

  30. Salah every disappointment is a blessing and now look at where you are today,he did it yesterday and he has forgotten

  31. He had doubt about his capability at that time, nobody should blame him. He doesn’t have terrestrial powers to know which player will do well.

  32. Never underrate anybody in life, Mo Salah just improved suddenly and now is one of the best in the world, keep the form going Salah, may God be with you.

  33. Mo Salah himself was a great and very talented player who is adjudged one the best in the world of football today and am sure PSG is now regretting their action but the deed is done.

  34. Sometimes the race is not for the swift, time and chance happens to them all. Salah now a big wig. Mistake, Mistake!

  35. Sometimes God uses people around us to enables us acheive our best in life. It may be difficult sometimes to understand. Unai might not have known from the begining why he did not sign him then but he is only realising it now. Thank God he was used.

  36. That is the wrong decision for you then… He is now among the world best and can’t leave Liverpool for now

  37. Is not a new thing to hear from the arsnal coach about a good player that they wonted to buy befor another club get them, Arsen wengar is numbr1 of this, now is they new coach Unai Emery

  38. Mo salah is the one of the best outstanding player in town, There is always a room for improvement in whatever we do.

  39. Mohammed Salah has chosen the right path..
    I think Unai Emery thought then that he might fit in to the style of play.

  40. I guess rejection such a player was a mistake on Unai Emery part. Also, you can’t just run to sign players

  41. I can’t believe you missed the opportunity to make him play under your instructions… What a great player he is today

  42. PSG have missed, to sign salah now is not just a mere signing cause he is one of the best player in the world.

  43. Despite concerns then e should they should have reallý gone for him,its obvious theý didnt see him as worth fighting for then

  44. I guest he is now regretting. He is one of the best in the world.. He is good and am proud he s an African

  45. Despite concerns then they should they should have reallý gone for him,its obvious theý didnt see him as worth fighting for then

  46. He has the choice to pick who ever he wants, because he is in charge so selects whom so ever he feels will be an added advantage to the team .Because at long run he only wants was best for them.

  47. PSG was not sallah future club, but I think sallah took a very good decision in joining liverpool

  48. Sallah would have brought them to top. But thy made a mistake. He made the right choice in joining liverpool

  49. These are kind of mistake that could not be reversed, I know only if you know what the future holds you won’t behave that way

  50. Everything that take place in life happen for a reason,only God knows why he makes such decision for him.

  51. PSG loss is Liverpool gain. Chelsea also regret letting him go, imagine a Chelsea team with Hazard and Salah

  52. why is he now explaining to us.. Lol
    You have missed out on him bro
    Go and manage your iwobi and leave Sarah alone

  53. It’s so sorry you missed a quality player as Salah. But truly he’s one of the world’s best at the moment. Yeap

  54. Mohammed salah is a great player he keeps improving every now and then listed among the first five best player in the world some coach do make mistake while signing players

  55. Sarah is a star player that every team will want to have, he’s so hardworking…. What a mistake done by emery then

  56. well, one need to be careful in taking decision so that wrong decisions wont be made and wrong choice taken

  57. That was a big miss for PSG there.Salah has been in form in recent years, even he has scored against Arsenal today.Salah is a good player.

  58. You rejected him cos he was average and you never for once felt he will be at the top of this level of football, now let watch how he will destroy arsenal today

  59. Salah is one of the best player I admire so much. Perhaps the occurrence of the past contributed to his present Input and output in his Career and the club as a whole.

  60. And Mo Salah is on top form tonight # Liverpool vs Arsenal and the goals keep coming. It was a big miss for PSG

  61. He’s football record will always sell him. So no matter, he’s always on top of his game. Weldon man, you make us proud

  62. Sallah is actually one of the best player in the world, and the best in Africa, missed out on the signing of Sallah doesn’t we can not sign any other good player.. Arsenal for life

  63. I wish Mohammed Sallah more strength to do more in his career. They don’t appreciate what they have until they loose him.

  64. Unai you have made that mistake then even if you signed him den, you won’t even have enjoyed him..cus PSG sacked you xo fast…BT seriously salah is now one of the best player in the world

  65. And unfortunately for you he turns out to be one of the european best striker hottest for that matter mo salah

  66. Cry baby, you was more concerned about signing Neymar who is more concerned about his hair than playing football

  67. Forgetting about the past and working with the present is what really matters…salah is now better than ever now

  68. Every disappointment is a blessing in disguise. As you didn’t sign him then because of your concerns then, another person saw him, saw the potentials he had and signed him. And today he is among the top five players. Whose loss? It’s your loss not his.

  69. I believe the decision of Mo Salah is a very good one and he took the decision based on experience.

  70. Mo Salah the Egyptian King. He lose out on one of the exciting talents in football and he punished him with his performance today. LIV 5 – 2 ARS

  71. Well, those are not enough eexcuses for turning him down..he’d proven himself in top clubs in Europe before.
    PSG is not even greater than Liverpool.

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