Mohamed Salah voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017

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Salah, who has made a sensational start to life at Liverpool since joining in July scoring 19 goals in all competitions so far this season, looks to be on the move next summer.

He becomes the third Egyptian after Mohamed Barakat (2005) and Mohamed Aboutrika (2008) to win the award.

Also, he played an integral role in helping to return Egypt to the World Cup after a 28-year hiatus.

Just 16 games into the Premier League season, Salah leads the race for the Golden Boot with 13 goals, taking his tally to 19 in just 24 games for Liverpool, with six assists to boot.

The 25-year-old expressed his thanks to "everybody" including his team-mates, adding: "I am very happy here at the club [Liverpool]".

Roma are entitled to receive a bonus of €1.5million as soon as Salah scores his 20th goal of the current campaign, which at the current rate will not take long in coming. "I feel like I had a great year, so I'm very happy".

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"I work hard and try to be different from them".

Keita, who is set to join Mane and Salah at Liverpool this summer and will replace Salah as Liverpool's most expensive player ever, finished fifth.

2017 really has been the year of Mohamed Salah.

"I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way", Salah went on to tell the BBC.

On Monday, Salah was announced as the victor of the 2017 BBC best African footballer award, taking over from Algeria and Leicester winger, Riyad Mahrez. "The good thing with him is he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement and still a lot of potential for us to work on, but that's how it should be".

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