Salah: "I want to stay here for a long time. No. 74 shirt for the Port Said victims"

New Fiorentina signing Mohamed Salah was officially unveiled today in a press conference at the Stadio Artemio Franchi: On why he decided to move to Italian football: “Serie A is a quality league. I think the players that leave Italy are just looking for new adventures, new motivation.” On his preferred position? “Either as a winger or just behind the striker.” On why he chose the No. 74 shirt: “I wanted to commemorate the victims of the Port Said massacre.” On his idol: “I have many idols. Batistuta, Baggio, Totti and Del Piero certainly played a big part in my footballing education.” On whether he’ll return to Chelsea at the end of the season: “I hope to remain in Florence for a long time.” On the current situation in the Middle East: “I prefer not to talk about that – I’d rather speak about football.” On compatriot Mido’s career at Roma: “He was an example for all Egyptian and Arab players.” On where he can improve: “In all aspects of my game – I’m only 22 years old.” On whether he’s ready to take over from Cuadrado: “He’s a great player and I only hope to receive the same warmth he got from the city of Florence.” On learning Italian: “I love Italian. I’ll start learning it next week.” On the Viola squad: “I’ve met them. Hegazi spoke highly of Florence to me.” On his availability: “I’m ready for selection by the coach.” On his physical condition: “I’ll try to be ready for Sunday.” ]]>