Mohamed Salah's future appears as unclear as ever amid rumours linking the Liverpool forward with a move to Spain.
The Reds star has been in sensational form again this season, scoring 13 goals in 13 Premier League games to help fire his side to the top of the Premier League.
But reports are once again suggesting the 28-year-old could be tempted by a switch to either Real Madrid or Barcelona in the summer.
And Salah's ex-teammate Mohamed Aboutrika added fuel to the flames recently, with quotes attributed to him in an interview with beIN Sport claiming he said Salah is "upset" with Liverpool after he wasn't made captain in the Champions League dead rubber against Midtjylland recently.
However, the Liverpool Echo took a closer look at his words, and believe the translation may be slightly different to what was first thought.
According to them, Aboutrika actually said: “In my personal opinion and I might be wrong, his happiness after the [Palace] game, I sense he didn’t feel much happiness, same with the Tottenham match.
“He did an interview after the Midtjylland match where he expressed he wanted to be made captain but he respects the manager's decision.
“It’s good to be captain and put on your CV you’ve been captain. It’s good that an Arab is captain of a club like Liverpool.
“He’s scored so many goals for Liverpool he is a star, the club should be framing him [on the wall]. Salah must channel his energy to Klopp and not hold it in.
“The evidence you can see suggests that he isn’t happy, but that doesn’t mean I want him to go, no.
"I want him to stay and be comfortable and be pampered because he is a star."
If this is indeed the correct translation, it would suggest Aboutrika's comments were not as strong as initially thought.
It does, however, still seem all is not completely well behind the scenes, and it will be intriguing to see how things develop over the coming months.
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