Mané focusing on Champions League gold, then will consider Liverpool future

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Liverpool winger Sadio Mané was recently honoured with a stadium named after him in Senegal. Photo: Gallo Images/ Getty Images
Liverpool winger Sadio Mané was recently honoured with a stadium named after him in Senegal. Photo: Gallo Images/ Getty Images


Liverpool forward Sadio Mané will reveal his future plans only after Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, the Senegal international said this week.

Mané, who joined Liverpool in 2016 and has scored more than 120 goals for the Reds, was considering leaving Jürgen Klopp’s side in search of a new challenge, British media reported.

“This question I will answer after the Champions League [final], if I’m staying or not,” Mané, who has one year remaining on his contract, told Sky Sports. “What I want to say now is that I am fully focused on the Champions League and winning it, which is far more important for me and the Liverpool fans.

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“That is the answer I must give before the final. But come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you want to hear, for sure. It’s special. I will give you all you want to hear then.”

The 30-year-old underlined his full commitment to Liverpool for the final, which is a rematch of the 2018 title decider won 3-1 by Real Madrid in Kyiv, Ukraine.

“I will do everything absolutely possible to win the game for Liverpool,” Mané said. “I think we all forgot about what happened in 2018. For sure, Real Madrid were the better team then and deserved to win the game, but it is going to be a different game.”

Mané is among the favourites for this season’s Ballon d’Or after leading Senegal to victory in the Afcon and winning the League Cup and FA Cup titles with Liverpool.

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He said he would be delighted to become the first African to win the prize since Liberia’s George Weah in 1995.

Asked whether he thought African players were ignored in the voting process, Mané said: “It’s true, which is sad. This cup, the Afcon, is the biggest trophy I have won in my life. For me it would be even more special to have another bonus which is the Ballon d’Or, and I would be the happiest player in the world.”

The nominees will be announced on August 12 and the winner declared on October 17. – Reuters


Daniel Mothowagae 

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