Egypt Football Association president Ahmed Megahed has claimed Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah will try hard to persuade the Reds to let him participate in the Olympics.
The 29-year-old was one of his country's three over-age players for the major sporting event in Tokyo, Japan, which begins on July 22.
’s entire pre-season preparations if he links up with his country and the Reds are unwilling to let the Egyptian striker take part in the Olympics football competition.
Under FIFA rules clubs could stop their players from leaving for the Olympics.
claims that the 29-year-old is eager to reach an agreement with the club board before the end of the week.
"I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult," he told Egyptian broadcasterONTimeSport
"Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team.
"We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff.
Salah will also leave the club for the Africa Cup of Nations which is due to start next January.
"In the end, Liverpool refused the request because they do not want to lose the player at the beginning of the season, as well as next January with the Africa Cup of Nations, which will keep him from participating in the English Premier League matches.
"We spoke with Salah again, and he told us that he will make a new attempt with the technical staff of his team, to resolve the matter, and within the next two days he will find a way."
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