Southampton midfielder and one-time teammate of Sadio Mane, Oriol Romeu, has this afternoon tipped the Reds’ star for a move to Real Madrid.
Mane’s Liverpool stint
26-year-old winger Mane has been on the books of Liverpool since 2016.
The Senegalese international made the move to Anfield from fellow Premier League outfit Southampton for £34 million.
And Mane has since gone on to establish himself as one of the first names on the team-sheet of manager Jurgen Klopp.
The pacy African forms one third of Liverpool’s fearsome attacking trident alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and played an absolutely integral role in the club’s run to the Champions League final last season, notching 10 goals in 11 appearances.
The current campaign, meanwhile, has seen Mane’s game reach new heights altogether.
Amid Mohamed Salah’s struggles of late, Mane has taken Liverpool’s goalscoring burden on his back, with the gifted wide-man’s 11 goals in his last 11 games (7 in his last 5) having catapulted the Reds into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and back above Manchester City atop the Premier League table.
😎 Most Premier League goals this season without penalties…
– Mane: 17
– Aguero: 16
– Salah: 14
– Aubameyang: 14
— The Sportsman Stats (@SportsmanStats) March 17, 2019
As such, Mane’s scintillating form has since led to inevitable links between the Metz youth product and some of European football’s other heavyweights.
The outfit most persistently-linked with a move for the Senegalese star have been Real Madrid, with reports in Spain having been rampant regarding Los Blancos’ interest in Mane on the back of Zinedine Zidane’s reappointment earlier this month.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wants to sign Sadio Mané from Liverpool for this summer as he did for last summer before his departure, according to France Football.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) March 18, 2019
‘He is ready’
And one of Mane’s former Southampton teammates this morning provided his backing to the prospect of the in-form attacker making the move to the Bernabeu.
Speaking in an interview with Marca, Oriol Romeu, formerly of Barcelona, lavished praise on Mane, also revealing his opinion that the one-time Saints star could ‘help reverse Real’s current situation’:
‘He is ready [for the move].’
‘Madrid are a little weak in attack and he’s the type of player that does a lot of damage in open spaces.’
‘He could help them reverse their current situation. He brings variation in attack, but he’s not a prolific goalscorer like Cristiano Ronaldo, who goes well above [other forwards].’
‘What I would highlight, above all, is his speed. He is a very electric and dizzying player. He has exceptional physical and technical qualities.’
‘At Liverpool he’s grown a lot. This season, he’s enjoying his best season in front of goal. I think he’s acquired calmness and composure when finishing moves, either scoring or assisting. That is key.’