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Mohammed Salisu has availed himself for national call ups – Family quizzed

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The family of Mohammed Salisu have rejected claims that their son is not ready to represent Ghana at the senior level.

Black Stars head coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor revealed in an interview with Angel FM on Tuesday that the Ghana Football Association effort to invite the Real Valladolid centre-back has been futile.

The family of Mohammed Salisu in a press statement sighted by Ghana’s most authoritative football website Kickgh.com shrugged off the news circulating in the local media early this morning.

According to Salisu’s family, the 21-year-old is ready to represent the four-time Africa Cup of Nations champions.

Salisu earned a debut call-up to the senior national team of Ghana for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe last year but failed to honour due to injury.

He is currently regarded as one of the best defenders in world football following his explosive performance for Real Valladolid in the 2019/20 La Liga season.

Salisu joined Valladolid’s youth setup in 2017 and has made 34 first-team appearances.

The promising stopper has so far featured in 32 LaLiga games for Real Valladolid in the ongoing league season and has scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist.

A press statement from the Family reads “The family of Abdul Karim Salisu Mohammed wish to correct and clarify news gaining momentum in some media circles which seems to suggest that our son has rejected the opportunity to play for the senior national team, the Black Stars.”

“We further wish to state unequivocally that our son is a proud Ghanaian and very ready to represent Ghana at every level and time. He is so much enthused to be associated with the Black Stars since it has been his dream to play for Ghana at the highest level.

“However, we have received media reports on the contrary and it is really disturbing that journalists failed to ascertain the truth of his absence from national duties.”

Salisu was indeed invited to play for the South Africa and São Tomé games for the African Cup qualification but he was slightly injured then. He did not want to represent his beloved country with a hidden injury.

Again, Salisu availed himself for call ups into the junior national teams but he got those invitations at an unfavorable time of his career in Spain.

“It is our wish that in subsequent matches of the Black Stars, our son will be available and represent the country.”

“We hope this statement will put to rest the numerous media conjectures and unproductive rumors which is geared at creating dissatisfaction by Ghanaians against our son. Salisu Mohammed is  committed to the course of helping Ghana win an African Cup and qualification to the World Cup once again.

Following his explosive performance at Real Valladolid in the just ended season, he attracted interest from several clubs including Stade Rennes, West Ham United, Everton, Manchester United among others.

It is believed that Southampton have reached an agreement with Real Valladolid to secure the stalwart centre-back on a four-year deal.

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