Mo Salah Reportedly Contemplating Leaving International Football

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Mo Salah Reportedly Contemplating Leaving International Football

- Egypt's national football team will use the venue as their base camp training site.

Salah was pictured with Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has been accused of torture, prior to the tournament beginning.

Mo Salah is considering quitting the Egyptian national team due to his unhappiness over what has happened in Chechnya, where the team was based during the World Cup at Russian Federation 2018, a source close to the Liverpool forward has told CNN.

Kadyrov, leader of Chechnya since 2004, is a controversial figure on the global stage because of the hard-line rule over his people and a series of contentious comments, particularly against the gay community.

Salah was also used by Kadyrov ahead of Egypt's first match, with the Chechen leader luring Salah out of his hotel to a training session he was slated to miss for a photo opportunity.

Kadyrov went on to proclaim that Salah had been granted honorary Chechnyan citizenship.

"It is a deserved honour", Kadyrov wrote on social media, adding that Salah's presence had ignited "unprecedented interest in football" in the region.

Images also surfaced of a smiling Salah sitting alongside Kadyrov as he made a speech in a ceremony in which the leader, who enjoys Kremlin backing but is now under US sanctions, later pinned a Chechen flag on the player's shirt.

CNN has reported that Salah is uncomfortable with the image that has been projected during Egypt's time in Grozny, with the former Roma player unwilling to be used as a political pawn.

Salah has emerged as one of the brightest stars in European football after a prolific season for Liverpool.

Salah will weigh up his future with Egypt in the coming weeks, but is fully focused on the final group game against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

The Chechnya leader is a controversial figure at home and overseas, having been accused of human rights abuses and the murder of homosexuals in his homeland.

The Liverpool star has only featured in one of the Pharaohs' games at the World Cup this summer, scoring a consolation goal against Russian Federation after being left as an unused substitute in their opening match against Uruguay as he continued to recovery from a shoulder injury suffered in the Champions League final.

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