Wednesday February 14 2018
Monchi: 'Roma had to sell Salah'

Roma director of sport Monchi asks fans for “a little faith” and admits Liverpool could’ve paid more for Mohamed Salah, “but we had to sell.”

The Giallorossi are in a constant struggle to balance the books and battle UEFA’s Financial Fair Play parameters, selling Salah, Antonio Rudiger, Leandro Paredes and Emerson Palmieri.

“I fell in love with this club the moment I arrived,” the former Sevilla director told Sky Sport Italia this evening.

“I realised straight away how much the fans care about Roma.”

Liverpool won their Champions League tie 5-0 away to Porto tonight with Salah on target. Considering his incredible impact at Anfield, were the Giallorossi short-changed?

“At the end of the day, we could reach €50m with bonuses, but at that moment we had to sell and that was an important option. The Neymar and Kylian Mbappé transfers changed the market, but at that moment it was necessary that we sell.

“I still think the price could’ve been better for Salah, but it did give us the possibility of making other moves. When I arrived, the Liverpool offer for Salah was €32m plus €3m in bonuses. In today’s football, players go wherever they want to.

“The figures are important, because at the end of the day we are a business, but the fans cannot be bought. In my years at Sevilla, people counted the trophies and those are so far missing at Roma.

“I understand the fans perfectly well, I know they don’t want to talk about numbers, they just want to win, but that is my job. We have to build a club that doesn’t just win, but does so consistently over time. Fans don’t want promises, they want results.

“I accept all of that, but ask them for a little faith. It takes time. We’ve got to stay quiet and work harder to find the right path towards what the fans want.”

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