Mohamed Salah's move to Liverpool in 2017 caused an uproar among AS Roma supporters, but club legend Francesco Totti has now set the record straight on the Egypt superstar's departure.
Totti has since hit out at the suggestion that his former teammate turned his back on the Serie A giants, though, revealing his belief that the move was motivated by the club's financial position at the time and not Salah's desire to leave.
"He did not abandon us," the 43-year-old said during a recent Instagram Live video. "At that time, the company was in crisis. It was not he who left, let's clarify things."
Salah has since become a revelation for Liverpool, scoring 70 goals in 100 league appearances and winning two Premier League Golden Boot awards, and Totti had previously admitted he was sad to see him leave Roma.
"Sincerely, I'm very sad for every player who has left the team because when you stay with someone day after day you can understand what kind of person he is," the former Italy international told Goal.
"So this happened with Salah, with Alisson [Becker] and other players who left Roma. It is normal in that moment you feel very sad but with Momo I had a particular relation.
"In fact, every time he played and scored with me, he always told me he felt like a different player because he had fun to play with me and he liked the way I put him in front of goal with my assists."