In a way, this isn't as big of a gesture as Mourinho inviting André Schürrle back to the Premier League party at Stamford Bridge. Salah is still technically a Chelsea player. Schürrle isn't. Though it's highly likely that Salah won't be for much longer either — Fiorentina look all but set to make the successful, goal-filled loan move permanent. So in a way, this is also a very nice personal gesture from the Chelsea manager to one our least used and least effective first-team players from a season that saw us win a (second-rate) Cup and League Double.
"We are waiting for you within the new few days to celebrate with us and receive your cup and league medal."
"I am happy of what you are achieving in Italy. Win the Europa League for me."
-Jose Mourinho; source: KingFut
Those are supposedly the texts from Jose Mourinho to Mohamed Salah, sent before Thursday's Europa League semifinal, second leg. Sadly, Salah and his purple-clad chums were dumped out rather unceremoniously by Sevilla (5-0 on aggregate), so there will be no Europa League glory for the 22-year-old.
At least he can rest easy in the knowledge that he will become the first Egyptian ever to win the Premier League. While Salah only made 3 appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League (and only 8 total in all competitions), the new rules allow teams to distribute their allotment of medals (40, in total) as they see fit, provided that every player with at least 5 league appearances gets one.