Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has been warned not to follow the path of Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubmeyang and Mesut Ozil.
The Egyptian winger is currently one of the best players in world football having already notched 22 goals and 11 assists in 24 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.
He has been the driving force of a Liverpool side who are currently pushing Manchester City in an audacious race for the Premier League title this season.
However, the former Chelsea and Roma forward is currently locked in contract negotiations with the club, who are keen to extend his contract which expires in June 2023.
And former Blues and Celtic striker Tony Cascarino has warned the 29-year-old to consider the bigger picture and not solely pursue an enormous new contract at Anfield.
“Salah now there should be one overriding question: ‘am I going to be successful on the pitch in the Premier League and the Champions League’”, Cascarino said in his column for The Times.
“’And do I have a manager and a right back (and the rest of the team, of course) who can help me be successful on the pitch?
“So my advice to Salah would be to learn the lessons of these four players: Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil, Eden Hazard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“All were able to sign massive contracts but none ended up as key players at clubs that were consistently winning things.
“As a result their commercial value went through the floor. Not immediately, but once it was clear they were not challenging for honours.”
While at the peak of their powers, Aubameyang and Ozil signed bumper contracts at Arsenal both reported to have been worth around £350,000 per week, once bonuses and loyalty payments were included.
However, both stars’ form and stock plummeted intensely, as both fell out with Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta; the latter of which recently being stripped of the club’s captaincy.
Moreover, Hazard and Sanchez also saw their form dissipate after signing huge contracts at Real Madrid and Manchester United, respectively.
Sanchez could not find his form at Manchester United
Hazard sealed a dream move to Carlo Ancelotti’s side after winning the Europa League in his final season at Chelsea in 2019, while Sanchez was estimated to be earning around £500,000 per week including bonuses at Old Trafford.
Hazard’s adventure at the Bernabeu has become a nightmare having been plagued with injuries and poor form, while Sanchez was soon loaned and then subsequently sold to Inter Milan by United.
As well as offering Salah some words of wisdom, Cascarino also advised Liverpool to strongly consider whether making Salah their wealthiest player of all-time would be a risk worth taking.
“By the same token Liverpool shouldn’t wreck their wage structure just to keep Salah,” Cascarino added.
“That would mean they cannot keep other vital key players. If Salah stays and Liverpool are successful he will earn far more commercially than the club could ever pay him.”
As things stand, Liverpool are also set to lose Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the near future, as their contracts also expire in June 2023.