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Bayern signs three-year deal with Liverpool’s Senegal star Mané

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Bayern Munich confirmed the signing of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane on Wednesday, as the Senegal attacker signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga champions.

Bayern have reportedly paid compensation of up to 41 million euros ($43 million) for Mané.

The 30-year-old won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Club World Cup titles over six years at Merseyside.

“My agent told me that there were also questions from other clubs, but for me the feeling was right from the start when Bayern presented their plan to me,” Mane told the German daily Bild.

“It was the right club at the right time.

“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world and the team is always fighting for all the titles.”

Mane added that he will “do everything he can to make sure I win titles with my teammates”.

Bayern won their tenth consecutive Bundesliga title last season.

Mané, voted African Footballer of the Year in 2019, is a versatile striker who has spent most of his career on the wing, but can also play through the middle.

His arrival will ease Bayern’s pain as rowdy striker Robert Lewandowski leaves the club, while Serge Gnabry is also faltering over a contract extension.

“Sadio Mane is a global star, which underlines the appeal of Bayern and will increase the attractiveness of the Bundesliga as a whole,” said Bayern chairman Herbert Hainer.

“Fans come to the stadiums to see unique players like this.”

‘International top star’

the signature van Mane is taking some pressure off Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic after Lewandowski made it clear he would not renew his contract, which expires next year.

Mane has scored 120 goals in 269 appearances for Liverpool.

“In Sadio Mane, an international top star comes to FC Bayern, who has left his mark on world football,” said Salihamidzic.

“We are proud to have brought him to Munich.

“The fact that he is going to FC Bayern shows that he and our club have big goals.”

Mané left Senegal at the age of 19 to join Metz and spent a season in France before joining RB Salzburg where he learned German.

He transitioned to the Premier League when he moved to Southampton in 2014 and moved to Liverpool two years later.

Mane starred as Liverpool won the 2019 Champions League and ended their 30-year wait for the English title in 2020.

“It’s really strange not to be a Liverpool player anymore, but I’ve had an incredible time,” he told Liverpool’s website. “I will forever be Liverpool’s biggest fan.”

Mané, Senegal’s record scorer, was part of the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in February and converted the winning penalty in the last shoot-out against Egypt.

(AFP)

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