Liverpool star Sadio Mane has this evening spoken out over the rumours linking him with a move to La Liga giants 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.
All told, across 101 appearances for the Reds, Mane has racked up 43 goals.
Mane’s new deal
As such, the 26-year-old’s stellar form on Merseyside has seen Mane linked with a potential move to European champions Real Madrid.
Los Blancos were rumoured to have expressed an interest in the explosive attacker’s signature last summer, with France Football having even gone as far as to make the outlandish claim that Mane had agreed to make the move to the Bernabeu before Zinedine Zidane’s departure.
In the end, though, he stayed put, before going on to sign a new Liverpool contract in November:
🤝 Sadio Mane agrees new long-term #LFC contract…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 22, 2018
‘My only concern is Liverpool’
And the Reds’ star has this evening spoken out over the links between he and Madrid, confirming that, as things stand, his sole focus remains plying his trade for Liverpool.
Speaking in an interview with World Soccer, Mane revealed:
‘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.’