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To the start of the 2013–14 Swiss Super League season Salah was member of the Basel team that

won the 2013 Uhrencup.[30] Salah scored on his first league appearance against Aarau on 13 July
2013.[31] He scored his first Champions League goal a month later against Maccabi Tel Aviv on 6
August 2013 in the third qualifying round.[32] Before the first leg on 30 July 2013, Salah did not take
part in the UEFA-mandated pre-match handshakes with Maccabi players. Basel called the incident a
"coincidence" and said it was not intended as a snub. Salah was on pressure from several Egyptian
voices demanding from him not to travel to Israel and then criticizing his visit. On the return leg in Tel
Aviv, he took part in the handshake line, but offered fist bumps rather than an open hand to Maccabi
players.[33] He scored twice against the Bulgarian league champions PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on 21
August 2013 in the play-off round.[34] On 18 September 2013, Salah scored the equalizer
against Chelsea in the 2–1 away win during the group stage. During the return tie on 26 November
at the St. Jakob-Park, Salah scored the winning goal as Basel beat Chelsea for the second time with
a 1–0 home win.[35]

2013–14: Entry into first-team squad
On 23 January 2014, Chelsea announced that a deal had been agreed with Basel to bring Salah to
London for a fee reported to be in the region of £11 million.[36] Three days later the transfer was
completed, making him the first Egyptian to sign for the Stamford Bridge club.[37]
On 8 February, Salah made his debut for Chelsea in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute
in the 3–0 win over Newcastle United.[38] On 22 March, Salah scored his first goal for Chelsea
against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the London Derby, coming on as a substitute for Oscar, in a
match which ended with a 6–0 win for the Blues.[39] On 5 April, Salah opened the scoring and later
won a penalty and an assist in Chelsea's 3–0 win over Stoke City.[40]
2014–15: Domestic success

Salah playing for Chelsea away at Tottenham Hotspur on 1 January 2015

Before the 2014–15 season, Salah's future with Chelsea looked to be in a balance after reports
suggested he could be forced to return to Egypt to carry out military service after his registration for
an education scheme was rescinded by the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education.[41] He was spared
of military service after the meeting with the then Egyptian prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab, the
Minister of Higher Education and the Egyptian national manager Shawky Gharib.[42] Salah changed
squad numbers from 15 to 17 for the start of the season, with his new number having been vacated
by Eden Hazard changing to number 10.[43]
Salah was rarely used during the season. On 28 October 2014, in a 2–1 win at League
Two club Shrewsbury Town in the fourth round of the League Cup, he took a shot that went so far off
target that it went for a throw-in.[44] After the game, he and fellow winger André Schürrle were
criticized publicly by manager José Mourinho.[45] Although Salah only made three league
appearances before his loan move to Fiorentina, Mourinho stated that he would receive a replica
winner's medal from the club for his contributions that season.[46]
Loan to Fiorentina
On transfer deadline, 2 February 2015, Chelsea confirmed that Salah would play for the Italian club
Fiorentina on an 18-month loan until the end of the 2015–16 season, as part of a transfer deal which
saw Juan Cuadrado moving in the opposite direction, Salah chose the number 74 shirt in honor of
the victims of the Port Said Stadium riot.[47][48][49] Six days after signing, he made his Fiorentina debut
coming off the bench in the 65th minute as a replacement for Joaquín in a 3–2 Serie A victory
against Atalanta at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.[50]

Salah playing for Fiorentina against Dynamo Kiev in 2015

Salah made his first start for Fiorentina on 14 February against Sassuolo, scoring his first goal for
the club in the 30th minute. He then provided an assist to Khouma Babacar just two minutes after
scoring; the match ended in a 3–1 win for Fiorentina.[51] Twelve days after that, Salah scored his first
European goal for Fiorentina, as his side advanced to the Round of 16 of the Europa League,
beating Tottenham 3–1 on aggregate.[52][53] Salah scored the winning goal for Fiorentina against Inter
Milan on 1 March, his third goal in Serie A.[54] Four days after that, Salah scored both of Fiorentina's
goals in their 2–1 win away to Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg.[55] At the end of the
season, Fiorentina reportedly activated an option to make the loan move permanent, but Salah
refused the move. Even though the loan agreement was for 18 months, Salah refused to return to
Fiorentina and instead joined fellow Serie A club Roma.[56][57]