Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt team over Ramzan Kadyrov row

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Reports criticized Kadyrov for using Salah for propaganda purposes, which the Chechen leader firmly denied.

As for Salah, he was photographed walking alongside Kadyrov during his return to match fitness, and was made an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic in a high profile event.

CNN first reported that Salah is contemplating quitting the Egyptian National Team because he feels that he's been treated like a political pawn in Chechnya; site of the Pharaohs World Cup training base.

Liverpool and Egypt superstar Mo Salah may be done with his national side once this World Cup concludes.

The Egyptian FA tweeted a photo of Salah alongside Kadyrov on Friday at the banquet where he was given honorary citizenship. I didn't invite Mo Salah or the Egyptian team.

A source with knowledge of Salah's position on the matter has confirmed this to be correct to ESPN FC, adding that the player is now considering his global future. "That's right!" Kadyrov wrote in a social media post.

Salah is also unhappy that he's been dragged into issues beyond football and there is considerable friction with the Egypt FA, who had been locked in an image rights row with his representatives before the tournament.

The Liverpool star has only featured in one of the Pharaohs' games at the World Cup this summer, scoring a consolation goal against Russian Federation after being left as an unused substitute in their opening match against Uruguay as he continued to recovery from a shoulder injury suffered in the Champions League final.

Salah missed the opener against Uruguay, a 1-0 defeat, while he and his Egypt side were overrun by hosts Russian Federation 3-1 to exit the tournament at the group stage with one game remaining.

Already effectively eliminated ahead of its final match against Saudi Arabia, Egypt now faces the very real possibility of losing its star player at the conclusion of the tournament.