Montella talks up Salah impact

06 April 2015 00:26:15 GMTPlus11

Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella is excited about the prospects of keeping loanee Mohamed Salah at the club for next season.

The 22-year-old Egypt international has been a big hit since making his loan switch from Chelsea in January, with his strike in the 2-0 win over Sampdoria making it seven goals in 12 appearances for La Viola.

He has scored important and decisive goals against big clubs.

Vincenzo Montella

And Montella is looking forward to working with the youngster, who he is confident will remain with the Serie A outfit for next season.

He told the Italian media after the win over Samp: "Salah deserves all the credit for this great impact on Serie A. I don't know the details of how we can buy him permanently, but I do know there's another year on loan and then we'll see.

"The club has to ultimately evaluate the financial issues, but the important thing is that he's going to be here with us next year.

"I knew his quality, but admittedly I did not expect Salah to adapt so quickly to Serie A. He has scored important and decisive goals against big clubs."

The victory at home to Sampdoria lifted Fiorentina above their rivals into fourth place in Serie A, six points behind Lazio in the third and final Champions League spot.

La Viola are also in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and hold a 2-1 lead over Juventus going into a home second leg on Tuesday evening.

Fiorentina are 10.00 to win in 90 minutes on Tuesday and are 19.00 to qualify for the final, while the men from Florence are 2.37 to lift the Coppa Italia this season.

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