Mo Salah is considering quitting the Egyptian national team due to his unhappiness over what has happened in Chechnya, where the team was based during the World Cup at Russian Federation 2018, a source close to the Liverpool forward has told CNN.
Footballer Mo Salah has been granted honorary citizenship of Chechnya at a banquet held by its leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.
But now Salah and his representatives are increasingly unhappy at what they perceive as the Liverpool star being used as a political pawn by the Egyptian FA.
The Liverpool star has only featured in one of the Pharaohs' games at the World Cup this summer, scoring a consolation goal against Russian Federation after being left as an unused substitute in their opening match against Uruguay as he continued to recovery from a shoulder injury suffered in the Champions League final.
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Cisse and his men are now dreaming of a repeat of their run to the quarter-finals in 2002 - he captained that team. A loss―or even a draw―would be disastrous, especially if Japan and Senegal share the spoils a few hours earlier.
Chechnya leader Kadyrov is backed by the Kremlin but is under sanctions imposed by the United States, which accuses him of contravening human rights.
Video of the event showed a smiling Salah sitting next to Kadyrov at the dinner table, with the leader later pinning a Chechen flag badge to Salah's shirt. Kadyrov posed with Salah and Hany Abo Ride, chairman of Egypt's football federation for pictures.
In his social media post, Kadyrov said he wants Egypt to return to Chechnya after the World Cup for a friendly against local club Akhmat Grozny - named after his father, who was assassinated in 2004.
Salah had a disagreement with the EFA in April over his image rights. Given the vocal Tweets from his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, it's at the very least clear that all is not well in the Salah camp.
Kadyrov has hit back at such suggestions, telling the BBC: "Everyone has played here, even Maradona at our stadium, but we don't use this kind of thing for politics".