Fiorentina have announced they are willing to take legal action against Mohamed Salah over his refusal to remain at the Artemio Franchi, prompting the forward’s agent to brand the Serie A side “pathetic”.
The Viola signed the Egypt international on loan from Chelsea in January and it was reported at the time that the Italian outfit retained the option to extend the agreement for another year and buy the winger for an agreed fee at the end of the 2015-16 season.
However, Salah and his agent maintain that the 23-year-old did not sign any contract committing himself to Fiorentina beyond June 30.
Consequently, the Viola – who also claim to have offered Salah a pay rise to stay in Florence – are now ready to settle the matter in the courts, with the former Basel ace having refused to turn up for pre-season training.
“The player, through his representative, rejected the offer of improvement of his contract and he has even expressed his intention to be transferred to another club and not answer a call-up that had already been submitted,” read a statement released on Fiorentina’s official website on Friday.
“Our lawyers will now work to evaluate lawsuits aimed at defending Fiorentina.”
However, Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas, reacted furiously to the threat of legal action, insisting his client has done nothing wrong and will not be at Fiorentina next season – no matter what happens.
“Please note, in response to the Viola’s press release, that at the moment Salah is a Chelsea player,” he stated.
“We referred to the document signed by all [three] parties in January, which is clear, crystal clear, and it’s regrettable that Fiorentina are now talking about legal proceedings.
“It’s very sad to see a great club like Fiorentina make such pathetic attempts to renege on their agreements, and their written contractual obligations.
“Salah would like to play for a club with different moral and professional values.”
Abbas added that he now expects his client’s future to be resolved in the coming days – and that the winger could end up lining up for another Serie A side next season.
“I can only say that he belongs to Chelsea but that he’s liked by Italian clubs, among others,” the agent toldRadio Bruno Toscano.
“Some of these clubs have shown great interest in him. There will be news in the coming days.
“Mohamed is grateful to the city of Florence for the way in which they treated him, but I cannot speak for him: just that there will be a chance to explain everything.”