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Salah: I’m going nowhere, calls for final focus after sweeping awards

Mo Salah has ruled out a summer transfer to either Barcelona or Real Madrid and reassured Liverpool fans he is staying at Anfield.
The Egyptian has been linked with a move to both the Spanish giants after scoring 43 goals in his debut season with the club, but insists he is still at the start of what he hopes will be an incredible journey with Liverpool.
Speaking at a club awards ceremony, where he picked up the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year trophies, Salah told Reds’ supporters the words they have been waiting to hear.
“I’m really happy here and everything is fine. I’ve got ambitions for the future with Liverpool,” he said.
“We’ve had a great season and now we are in the Champions League final, so everyone is excited. It’s just the start. This is my first year here and it is the same for some of the other players.
“We’ve had an unbelievable season and this is just the beginning. We want to qualify for next season’s Champions League and want to win the Champions League final this year. We will be playing to win against Madrid.
“I’m very happy to receive these awards. I had a good season but without the help of my teammates it would have been very difficult.
“We all try to help each other, all try to give more, and to push each other,” he explained.
Multi-award winning Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is not resting on his laurels as he urged the club to end the Premier League season with a last day victory ahead of their trip to the Champions League final later this month.
The Egyptian’s impressive tally of 43 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions in his debut campaign has led to him being awarded numerous accolades, including Liverpool’s Player of the Season on Thursday.
Liverpool need a home draw against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday to secure a top-four finish and a Champions League berth via league position, although the Merseyside outfit face holders Real Madrid in this year’s final in Kiev on May 26.
A victory in that match would give Liverpool a sixth continental title and guarantee them a spot in next season’s tournament.
“I’ve had a very good season, all of us. Now we are in the Champions League final and we have one (league) game to win or draw to be in the Champions League next year. So we have two finals,” Salah told Liverpool’s website www.liverpoolfc.com.
“We want to qualify for the Champions League next season and then we want to win the Champions League final. We will play to win against Real Madrid, but for now we are thinking only about Brighton. Then we will have 14 days to prepare for the final.”
Salah, along with winger Sadio Mane and striker Roberto Firmino, have been integral to Liverpool’s success this season and the 25-year-old is eager to propel the club to new heights in the future. “This is just the start. This is my first year here and it is the same for some other players… this year we have had an unbelievable year,” Salah told the Liverpool Echo.
“We are very comfortable about playing in the Champions League next season. On the way to the final we beat top teams like Manchester City and Roma. It is just the beginning for this team.”
Salah is also set to represent Egypt at the World Cup in Russia this year, with the African nation playing Uruguay in their opening match on June 15.

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