Marco Silva, Fulham’s boss, has verified that he has received an offer to manage in Saudi Arabia, yet he declined to comment on whether he has accepted it or not.
Reportedly, Silva, the Portuguese coach, was presented with a £40m offer to take over at Al-Ahli. He confirmed to reporters the existence of this proposal but refused to share his response.
The 46-year-old tactician emphasized, “My commitment to Fulham is transparent and ongoing.” He further added, “My dedication to this club was demonstrated multiple times last season. I won’t discuss this situation or any offers I receive.”
Saudi Arabia’s Interest Extends to Mitrovic ‘Not Collaborating Effectively With Teammates’
The allure of Saudi Arabia extends beyond Silva. Recently, Fulham turned down a £25m bid from Saudi Pro League team Al-Hilal for Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who last season netted 14 Premier League goals for Fulham under Silva.
Mitrovic is interested in a move to Saudi Arabia and has yet to feature for Fulham in pre-season. Silva confirmed that Mitrovic will not be part of the squad to play against Brentford in their first pre-season Premier League Summer Series match in Philadelphia this Sunday.
Silva cited that the current scenario is not ideal, stating “It’s not about the offer he received but rather the entire situation.” He added, “As known, Mitrovic will not play tomorrow, he didn’t play last Wednesday. His collaboration with his teammates is not up to mark, which leads to an unfavorable situation.”
There have also been reports of interest in Portuguese midfielder Joao Palhinha from other clubs. Silva mentioned, “There’s normal buzz around our players, with Joao Palhinha and a few others who didn’t get much spotlight.”
Silva expressed his concerns about situations beyond his control as a manager and mentioned his conversation with Mitrovic about the same. “Mitro is aware of my perspective. I aim to ensure the best for my players and protect them as much as possible. Yet sometimes, they must make individual decisions.”
Mitrovic’s unavailability compels Silva to make challenging decisions about his team. Further, Silva expressed his dissatisfaction with Fulham’s transfer market dealings, particularly after their impressive 10th place finish last season in the Premier League.
“Believe me, there’s more on my mind than Mitro,” Silva commented, “We lost seven players from last season. While the primary ones are still with us, the loss of a significant number of players without signing a single new one, at the very least to reassure the fans, is my primary concern.”
Silva emphasized the urgency of squad completion and the desire to build on last season’s success quickly, noting the last two weeks’ intensive work with the players. However, he conceded it is insufficient to prepare for a league as competitive as the Premier League.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Marco Silva Saudi Arabia Offer
Has Fulham’s Marco Silva been offered a management position in Saudi Arabia?
Yes, Marco Silva has confirmed that he received an offer to manage in Saudi Arabia.
Did Marco Silva accept the Saudi Arabian management offer?
Marco Silva confirmed receiving the offer but has not publicly stated whether he accepted or declined it.
Was there a bid made for Aleksandar Mitrovic from a Saudi Arabian club?
Yes, Fulham rejected a £25m bid from Saudi Pro League team Al-Hilal for Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Why is Mitrovic not playing in Fulham’s pre-season?
Mitrovic is reportedly keen on moving to Saudi Arabia and has so far not participated in Fulham’s pre-season matches.
Has Fulham made any new signings after last season’s 10th-place finish in the Premier League?
As of now, despite losing seven players from last season, Fulham has not reported any new signings.
Is Marco Silva frustrated with the club’s transfer market dealings?
Yes, Marco Silva has expressed frustration with Fulham’s dealings in the transfer market, particularly in light of the number of players they lost after the previous season.