Sadio Mane left Liverpool for Bayern Munich to have a ‘new problem’

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Sadio Mane in action for Bayern Munich
German giants Bayern Munich paid Liverpool a price of £35m for Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane says he first informed Liverpool of his want to go away the Premier League membership final yr, explaining that wished to check himself elsewhere.

“It was final yr I took my choice to go away as a result of I would like a brand new problem in my life,” Mane informed BBC Sport Africa.

“For me, it was the proper time. I spoke with the coach [Jurgen Klopp] one yr in the past and talked to him about my want to go away.

“When you see my story, I got here from a small city – my life was all the time a problem, so I need to problem myself on a regular basis.”

Mane comes from the small city of Bambali, which has a inhabitants of two,000, within the southern Senegalese area of Casamance, from where he ran away in secret aged 16 to try to find a club.

On Thursday, he was acclaimed as Africa’s greatest participant for a second time, seeing off compatriot and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in addition to former team-mate Mohamed Salah of Egypt.

Together with fellow ahead Salah, Mane received a bunch of trophies throughout his time at Anfield.

After becoming a member of in 2016, he received the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Uefa Tremendous Cup and the Membership World Cup.

“I spent eight years within the Premier League, and naturally I spent six fantastic years with Liverpool and I can say we received nearly every part attainable,” Mane added.

Ardour for the mission at Bayern

Sadio Mane celebrates a goal for Bayern Munich
Mane scored for Bayern of their pre-season pleasant win over DC United in America this week

After 111 targets and 38 assists from his 263 appearances within the Premier League, which he first performed in when becoming a member of Southampton in 2014, Mane believes he has made the proper name to go away the Reds.

“It was not a simple choice however in life, it’s a must to typically take choices and to this point I feel it is one of the best choice I’ve taken in my profession,” he defined.

“I am at the moment at top-of-the-line golf equipment on the earth and I am actually, actually blissful to be at Bayern Munich and really excited to start out this season.”

Having are available in to guide the road following the departure of Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, Mane began his Bayern profession in excellent style on Wednesday – scoring simply 4 minutes into his debut in a 6-2 pleasant win over DC United within the American capital Washington.

Since 2013, Bayern have received each German league title and lifted the Champions League twice.

Having misplaced within the remaining of European soccer’s most prestigious membership competitors with Liverpool in each 2018 and 2022, Mane is eager so as to add to the winners’ medal he received when the Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 final.

“When Bayern Munich got here to me and I noticed the mission, I used to be so, so obsessed with it,” he stated.

“They’ve large targets, due to course it is top-of-the-line golf equipment on the earth. I actually need to win cups, need to win the Champions League, so if in case you have a group preventing for every part, it is all the time a simple alternative.”

‘The perfect second of my life’

Mane with the Africa Cup of Nations trophy
Mane scored three targets at this yr’s Africa Cup of Nations – and the successful penalty within the remaining shootout – as Senegal received their first continental title

Mane has repeatedly stated that he was impressed to play soccer – which he would do with grapefruit and stones when footballs weren’t available in Bambali – by his hero El Hadji Diouf.

Diouf, who additionally performed for Liverpool, was a key participant as Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations remaining in 2002 earlier than the ahead then shone at that yr’s World Cup because the Teranga Lions shocked the planet by reaching the quarter-finals.

But Senegal’s repeated failure to be topped African champions was a driving pressure behind Mane’s soccer ambitions, which had been set in movement when he joined the Technology Foot academy in Dakar in 2009.

In February, Mane not solely achieved his long-held ambition of seeing Senegal grow to be champions but in addition scored the decisive spot-kick within the remaining towards Egypt to ensure his nation lifted the trophy for the first time.

“Profitable the African cup was one of the best trophy I’ve ever received in my life, as a result of what made it even [more] particular is my nation had by no means received it earlier than,” he stated, within the Moroccan capital Rabat, the place he collected his Confederation of African Soccer award on Thursday evening.

“Nation success is all the time larger [than club success] for positive, and I used to be actually, actually blissful to win it.

“After all, my dream will not be solely to win trophies with my nation however all of the trophies attainable with my golf equipment – that’s my goal,” added the person who additionally helped Senegal attain the World Cup and received two home cups with Liverpool this yr.

Reflecting on the second when the ball hit the again of the web to make sure Senegal’s triumph within the Cameroonian capital Yaounde 5 months in the past, Mane stated the aftermath continues to be a blur.

Sadio Mane celebrates winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal
Mane’s successful penalty for Senegal within the Nations Cup remaining towards Egypt sparked wild celebrations

“Once I scored, I feel I couldn’t realise [the significance] as a result of it is out of my creativeness. I used to be simply working and working, however I couldn’t bear in mind something,” he stated.

“Like I all the time stated, the African cup is likely one of the the reason why I grew to become a soccer participant as a result of after I was younger, I used to observe my nation, solely my nation, once they had been taking part in.

“So after I received it, it was to this point one of the best second in my life.”

Having been a European and world membership champion, in addition to an African champion along with his nation, successful the World Cup with Senegal is likely one of the few remaining trophies he has but to win.

The West Africans open the 2022 finals when taking up the Netherlands in November, previous to meeting host nation Qatar and Ecuador.

Even supposing no African nation has ever gone additional than Senegal on the World Cup, with Cameroon and Ghana additionally reaching the final eight, Mane is blissful to dream large following years of success.

“It will likely be very, very tough. However like I all the time say, a dream is allowed for anyone and any participant. So despite the fact that it is tough, we are saying it is not not possible so why not give it a correct, correct, correct strive?”

Patrice Motsepe and Sadio Mane at the Confederation of African Football awards
Mane obtained his African participant of the yr award from Caf president Patrice Motsepe in Rabat on Thursday
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