During today's unveiling of Jakub Błaszczykowski, questions from the press turned to the Mohamed Salah issue that has once again reared it's ugly head. After a drawn out saga that Fiorentina fans would rather forget, (and by the looks of this, Chelsea fans would too) Salah joined AS Roma at the beginning of the season.
In his press conference last week, Sporting Director Daniele Pradè confirmed that the matter was now in the hands of FIFA - a sentiment that was reiterated by Rogg today. According to the Fiorentina officials, Salah's transfer to Roma is a provisional one, expiring in December. At this point FIFA will decide either in favour of Fiorentina or the player. If the committee do rule against Salah, he could face a ban and in addition there may be some compensation due to the viola.
It was Pradè though that epitomized the feeling of shock in Florence when it became clear that Salah was not going to play for Fiorentina this season:
"Nobody could have imagined what the player had in mind during his six months in Florence".
If you strip down all the hysteria surrounding this issue, Pradè has actually hit the nail on the head. It may be hard to think about now, but Salah played for Fiorentina as though he was having the time of his life. The way he celebrated with fans after the emphatic 3-0 Coppa Italia victory against Roma only serves as a reminder that he fooled us all.