The Senegal international ended a six-year spell at Anfield this summer in favor of a transfer to Bayern Munich.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Sadio Mane for leaving the club ‘in the right way’.
After six years of service, Mane called time on his glorious Reds career this summer. The forward cited the need for a new challenge as the main reason for his exit. He promptly sealed a €32 million transfer to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on a contract until 2025.
But as Mane told Klopp of his plan to leave early, the German coach was able to find a suitable replacement in Benfica star Darwin Nunez – who arrived for a €75 million fee.
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What did Klopp say?
“Sadio told me and his agent told me that he was looking for a new challenge,” Liverpool boss Klopp told Viaplay Football.
“And if that happens early enough, like it was in this case, and if that happens in the right way and the player and the agent are working, and the new club where they want to go is ready for negotiations, then it should be like it was now.”
“Then you say ‘thank you’ with the biggest respect ever, I couldn’t have more respect for Sadio, what a player he is and I wish him the best – and he will play for ages, he can play until 38 or 39 with his body, it’s absolutely crazy.”
Mane could make his competitive debut for Bayern this Saturday when Julian Nagelsmann’s side face RB Leipzig in the DFL Supercup final.