Liverpool legend Steve McManaman believes Mohamed Salah would reject the chance to join Real Madrid or Barcelona because they are no longer the two best sides in Europe.
Salah has been linked with a switch to Spain and with both La Liga giants in transitional phases, being able to prise the Egyptian away from Anfield could be the spark they need to get them back to the top of European football.
However, McManaman thinks there is no way Salah would swap Liverpool for Spain, telling horseracing.net: “I see his future at Liverpool to be honest.
“Players are consistently linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona because they were considered to be the best sides in the world back in the day, but you can argue the best sides are now in the Premier League.
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“Four or five years ago Real Madrid and Barcelona were winning the Champions League every other year, but that's no longer the case so I don’t understand the premise of why you need to go to La Liga at the moment.
“Unless Real Madrid sign four or five big players in the near future, then they’re just going to play second fiddle to the Premier League sides, and the same applies to Barcelona.
“ Lionel Messi is going to retire in the next few years and Real Madrid are going to lose Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema.
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“They’re all in their thirties and there’s going to be a real transitional phase going on at the top two clubs in Spain over the next couple of years.
“It’s the same with the Raheem Sterling to Madrid rumours – Manchester City at the moment are a better side than Real Madrid, so Raheem is already at the best club for him.
“We never know what’s going to happen in two or three years. When Spanish sides have a lull, they tend to just go and smash the transfer market.
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“If Kylian Mbappe joins Real Madrid this summer, then that’s the cycle starting again. If Neymar turns up at Barcelona, then that’s the start of their renaissance too.
“Regarding Raheem’s long term future, I think the thing for him is to continue his career in England, playing under Pep Guardiola, playing for one of the best sides and playing against the best opposition.
“The best sides in Europe at the moment are Liverpool and Manchester City.”
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