The ten-time reigning German champion has just announced the signing of Sadio Mané until 2025 for nearly 40 million euros. For the Senegalese, currently in the best period of his career, the choice seemed obvious. Arrived at the end of the cycle after six seasons spent in the shadow of Mohamed Salah in Liverpool, he will discover Bavaria at the age of 30, for the better, but above all, for the light.
There will be no breaking the ice between Sadio Mané and the Bavarians, since the presentations have already been made one evening in March 2019. When discovering the Munich locker room, the Senegalese will surely have in mind this round of 16 return from Champions League during which he had amazed the 75,000 spectators at the Allianz Arena to qualify his Liverpool (1-3), future European champion, in the next round. And if the African champion has forgotten him, there is no doubt that Manuel Neuer, dribbled, lobbed and humiliated that evening on the first of his future teammate’s two goals, will speak to him about it. But the main thing is elsewhere. After having won everything during his six years in Liverpool, the native of Bambali is now launching a new challenge. The opportunity for him to finally gain the recognition he never had among the Reds.
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Mané to shine
Sadio Mané never harvested all of the seeds he sowed in the North of England. While we thought he was overpaid when he arrived from Southampton for 41 million euros, the captain of Senegal returns his apron with a more than honorable copy. But when judging his time at the club of Gerrard, Keegan and Dalglish, his 120 goals and 48 assistance in 267 games do not really seem to have weighed, as the name of his attacking partner Mo Salah was ticked before his when awarding the individual awards. This season again, when he was the last to compete with Karim Benzema in the race for the Golden Ball and even if it was he who ruined all the hopes of the Egyptian with the Teranga Lions at CAN and on the road to the World Cup, it was Salah who was voted England’s best player. And this, while Mané shone when Jürgen Klopp decided to make it his adjustment variable.
Replaced in the axis on his victorious return from the African Cup to allow the emergence of Luis Díaz, Sadio Mané helped prepare for the future in Liverpool, knowing that he would not be part of it. This future, it is in particular Darwin Nuñez who will write it in Liverpool. Nonsense for former Liverpool player Dean Saunders. Invited to react to the talkSPORT microphone on the departure of Mané, the Welshman even considered that the player trained at AS Génération Foot was going to “ruining the best two years of his career” in the Bundesliga, a championship according to him much less important than the Premier League. Yes, but now, at 30, Sadio Mané preferred to seize his chance when, in Liverpool, it was deemed that he was coming to the end of the cycle. Bayern therefore appears to be an obvious solution so that it can finally gain the recognition it deserves.
It is not his first hours in Germany that will make him believe otherwise. Interviewed by a journalist from PictureMané was surprised when he was called a “best star” of the championship. “Wow, what a compliment! Thanks. When my advisor first told me about Bayern Munich’s interest, I was excited. I saw myself there right away. For me, it was the right club at the right time. It is one of the biggest clubs in the world and the team is still fighting for every title. So for me it was a very good idea and the right decision to come here. » And for those who wondered if the management of Bayern had planned to show him that they already cared about him, they did not skimp on the means. First by putting 40 million euros including bonus on the table, although Mané has only one year left on his contract. Then, by offering him a three-year deal which finally represents his value with doubled income, he who had only the twelfth highest salary among the vice-champions of England and Europe (around 6 million per year ). “It’s great that we were able to sign such a player for our team. He is at the height of his career, at the age of maturity, he is in great shape and thirsty for titles, he is in the right club for that! » precisely slipped the sports director of Bayern Hasan Salihamidžić, aware that, in this story, it is indeed the Bavarian formation which achieves the best shot.
In Munich, the striker can easily blend into an already well-stocked team on the attacking side. No matter the strong German accents of Julian Nagelsmann, the Senegalese has already mastered the language of Goethe since his Austrian escapade at RB Salzburg between 2012 and 2014. According to information from Sky Sports, the two men already get along since Mané told him he was ready to play in any position during a call earlier this month. But with the increasingly likely departure of Robert Lewandowski, Mané will above all have the advantage of not having to share the light. A boon for the neo-Bavarian whose more retiring nature has often been a brake when seeking the headliner. Because in the end, Sadio is a guy who thinks first of all of others, and it’s not FC Metz – who should receive some 160,000 euros in the case for having participated in the training of the champion – who will say opposite.
By Gabriel Joly