London (AFP) – Egypt winger Mohamed Salah has called time on his unsuccessful spell with Chelsea after joining Roma in a permanent transfer, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
Salah struggled to make an impact after joining Chelsea in January 2014 and spent last season on loan at Roma after a previous temporary stint in Serie A with Fiorentina.
The 24-year-old was regarded as a hot property when he played for Swiss side Basel, dazzling the Blues with his performances against them in Europe.
But his move to Stamford Bridge didn’t pan out as expected and he was unable to nail down a first-team place.
He fared better with Roma last season and helped them finish third in Serie A, prompting the club to bring him back to the Italian capital for an undisclosed fee.
“Mohamed Salah has completed a permanent transfer to Italian club Roma,” said a statement on Chelsea’s website.
“Chelsea Football Club thanks Mohamed for his service and wishes him well for the future.”
Salah becomes the second player to leave Chelsea this week after Baba Rahman joined Schalke on a season-long loan.
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