Salah originally moved to the Viola as part of the deal which took Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea, and originally seemed to be set to stay in Florence for 18 months. However, in recent days the player has made it clear he has no desire to return to the Stadio Artemio Franchi and will not be reporting to the club for pre-season training.
Speaking to FirenzeViola.it, Abbas responded to reports that the club were looking to take legal action against the Chelsea winger with the following statement:
“In response to the press release of Fiorentina, we would like to say that Salah is a Chelsea player at the moment,” Abbas began.
“The document in question is crystal clear, and it is regrettable that Fiorentina are now speaking of initiating legal proceedings,” the Egyptian lawyer continued.
Salah has been attracting a lot of interest this summer from Italian sides and the player’s agent has stated that he will sign for another Serie A club this summer, with reports suggesting he might move to Inter.
“It is very sad to see a big club like Fiorentina resort to these pathetic attempts to renege on its legally binding statements and written contractual obligations.
“Salah would like to play for a club with different moral values and professionalism.”
Salah’s arrival had a huge impact on the Viola last season, with the 23-year-old scoring six times and assisting a further three goals in his 16 Serie A appearances.