Salawi scored two goals in a friendly on behalf of the Italian team, helping the team beat Moldova 6-0. In the interview after the game, he mentioned that it was a special night. He said that this tells people to never give up and wait for the right time.
Shalawi said: "This is a very special night, very satisfying, because this is the first time I have scored twice in the national team. I did this with the captain's armband."
"This tells you never to give up, learn to wait, and then good things will come. I trained alone for a month, and I am waiting for the right time."
"We proved that this is a very strong lineup with many options. We are full of enthusiasm and follow the coach's arrangements. We feel very optimistic."
He added: "The Chinese Super League did not start until February, so I am eager to participate in the competition. I have been preparing to adapt and accept returning to Rome, including accepting salary cuts, so if the negotiations are not successfully completed, it is not because of me."
Shalawi was close to joining Roma on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, but the deal fell through.