Sadio Mane has responded to the transfer speculations linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
The Senegalese was the last of Liverpool’s three forwards to commit his future to the club but eventually signed a deal that keeps him at Anfield until 2023. Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah extended their stays way before Mane. The delay led to speculations indicating that the former Southampton star is weighing options of joining the champions League reigning champs.
“Speculation is part of football. You just learn to live with it and not to take it too seriously. All I can say is that my only concern is Liverpool. Mo, Bobby… it seemed like everyone was signing contracts and they were saying: ‘Hey Sadio, when are you going to sign?’. I said to each of them: ‘Don’t worry bro, I will sign’. And what did I do? I signed… so they are pleased now. I’m very happy here and I think people are happy with me too. We want to write our names alongside the many great ones in the story of this club. Hopefully, it’s the beginning of something special.” Mane told World Soccer.
Mane hopes to lift a trophy with Liverpool at the end of the season as they remain favourites to lift the Premier League where they lead Manchester City with four points. They will play Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16.
“I can’t wait to lift a trophy with Liverpool. I know the fans are desperate for us to win the Premier League. It would be an amazing moment for the club. It has been far too long for a team the size of Liverpool. We believe we are heading in the right direction, but there are some very tough rivals – City were unbelievable last season and very strong again – but why not?” Mane concluded.
Mane has scored 10 goals for the Reds this season.