Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appeared absolutely baffled that a conversation about contract talks were about Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah rather than Jamie Vardy of Leicester.
Salah is out of contract next summer and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at Anfield, with talks that the wages he is being offered is not fairly representing how influential the Egyptian feels he is.
Speaking to Andy Gray and Richard Keys, Wenger confirmed that he would do whatever it costs to extend Salah’s deal, but after some slight confusion despite the player in question being referenced as the ‘best in the world’.
Speaking on beIN Sport, Keys began the conversation by saying: “You’ve got a 29/30-year-old who is generally regarded as the best player in the world. He and his agent believe that he should be better rewarded now and certainly going forward in his life.”
He then asked Wenger: “By the time his contract expires he’s 31-and-a-half, edging towards 32, would you commit to paying him £400,000-a-week over the next three years?”
After a comparison was made to Kylian Mbappe’s reported £1million-per-week deal with Real Madrid, the former Arsenal boss replied: “Every situation is different and separate. You have to look at the medical record of the player…”
To which Andy Gray interrupted to say that the player’s ‘medical record is good’ and that he’d ‘never miss a game’, leading Wenger to say: “You would do it!
“It depends as well on the physical qualities – if he’s quick and he loses a bit (of pace), he’s still quick. He’s already limited if he’s slow, you wouldn’t do it.”
Gray then continued to speak about Salah’s peak fitness levels, his impressive goal scoring record and how he is expected to finish as the top scorer in the Premier League this season, which prompted a confused Wenger to respond: “Do you speak about Vardy?”
The Frenchman was then told the conversation was about Salah and he confidently said: “Mo Salah? Oh yes, you would do it.”
The entire conversation was deemed mightily entertaining by viewers, with some even questioning how highly Wenger rates Vardy given that this is not the first time that the 72-year-old has spoken highly of the England international – though this time it was somewhat accidental.
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