Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah is only using the Premier League heavyweights as a stepping stone.
That’s according to Sky Sports pundit and Manchester United legend Gary Neville, who reckons a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid could be on the cards.
The Egypt international has been a standout player for the Reds since joining the club in 2017.
He’s bagged an astonishing 90 goals in 140 games to firmly establish himself as an elite player on the global stage.
Neville, however, reckons it’s only a matter of time until Salah decides to strut his stuff in Spain.
“It’s never easy to replace a player like that,” Neville said on Monday Night Football.
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“I said 18 months ago I thought Mo Salah would leave Liverpool.
“I think it’s a little bit more simple in the sense of why Liverpool fans maybe don’t demonstrate that love for Salah, and it’s affinity and loyalty.
“I think there’s a feeling that he wants to go and play at Real Madrid, he’ll go to Barcelona, he’ll take the big move.
“That’s not a criticism of Mo Salah. I played with David Beckham, I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy, played with Cristiano Ronaldo – they wanted to aspire to win the Ballon d’Or, they wanted to be at Real Madrid, they wanted to be up in lights and play at the biggest clubs in the world.
“I think there’s a feeling, affinity, loyalty, ‘will he leave us?’, I think he could.
“I think he is ultimately using Liverpool potentially as a stepping stone for his career.
“He has aspirations to be [higher]. Let’s be honest, Real Madrid and Barcelona for a lot of players are the pinnacle.
“When a player maybe doesn’t celebrate other players’ goals or is popular in the team, when a player looks selfish and doesn’t pass to his team-mates when you’ve got a spirit like Liverpool have got, again those things just erode a little bit of confidence in the fans.
“Some players just aren’t naturally as popular as others purely because of the fact they are a little bit more selfish.
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“Salah would be upset I think if a team won 2-0 and he missed two chances and didn’t score."
Neville’s analysis comes amid reports Real Madrid are ready to cool their interest in PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Real now want to focus their attention Erling Haaland, who is setting the Bundesliga alight with his incredible form for Borussia Dortmund.
Mbappe has been touted as a Liverpool target in recent weeks – and Jurgen Klopp will have a far better chance of securing his signature if Real are out of the running.
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