Fabinho addresses Salah exit links

    Liverpool utility man Fabinho has addressed transfer rumors linking his teammate Mohamed Salah with a blockbuster switch to Real Madrid.

    Contracted to Anfield until the summer of 2023, Salah has been an omnipresent figure for Liverpool ever since completing his £36.9million move from Roma in 2017. The Egyptian winger boasts an impressive scoring average of 0.69 per Premier League fixture in the red jersey, having racked up 86 goals in 124 matches in the competition. The 28-year-old has been decisive for the Reds this season, as he currently tops the scoring charts in the English top-flight with 13 goals netted.

    Despite enjoying the confidence from Jurgen Klopp and everyone at the club, Salah has refused to rule out the possibility of moving to La Liga. His silence has stirred up speculations over a big-money move to Real Madrid in the summer. Los Blancos have been on the lookout for a high-profile signing ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left the Santiago Bernabeu two years ago. The former Chelsea flop perfectly fits the bill, especially following his stellar performances in the Premier League.

    Zinedine Zidane is keen to reshuffle the deck at the end of the season and overhaul an aging squad. Though the Frenchman won’t mind bringing in a player of Salah’s caliber, Liverpool makeshift centre-back Fabinho is confident his fellow teammate will stay put beyond the summer.

    “Big players will always have their names involved in rumors,” the Brazilian told Sky Sports.

    “Salah plays for Liverpool, one of the biggest teams in the world. So I think it’s normal to see his name linked to other teams, especially from different leagues.

    “Anyway, I see him very happy here and pleased with his performances this season. He’s very demanding with himself. He wants to be the best, he wants to help the team and works hard for it.

    “It’s always been the case, and it hasn’t changed at all. He keeps scoring goals, which everyone is used to seeing. In the changing room, he’s always talking to everyone and making jokes.

    “I don’t see anything affecting him. Overall, I am not following the news, so I’m not sure about any rumors. As I said, top-quality players will always be linked to big clubs.”

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