Sadio Mane was pictured in a Bayern Munich kit for the first time on Tuesday.
Sadio Mane has explained his decision to leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich in his first interview since arriving in Germany. The forward was pictured in a Bayern shirt for the first time, with his transfer set to be formally announced.
Mane made his desire to depart Liverpool clear to the club’s board and turned down the opportunity to discuss a new contract. The 30-year-old’s deal with the Reds was going to expire in 2023.
Liverpool were keen to receive a fee for Mane rather than lose him for free in 12 months’ time. After plenty of haggling, the Champions League finalists agreed a deal worth around £34 million to allow Mane to exit Anfield.
The striker has now explained that he was ‘immediately excited’ by the prospect of joining the Bundesliga champions and explained that it was the right destination for the next chapter in his career.
“When my agent first told me about Bayern’s interest, I was immediately excited. I saw myself there right away. For me, it was the right club at the right time, “Mane told German publication Bild.