Mane Plays Down Real Madrid Links

Sadio Mane has moved to quash the rumours linking him to Real Madrid.

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final : News Photo
Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Spanish media outlets have always been quick to invent stories about top players from other leagues either being targeted by Real Madrid and/or Barcelona, or wanting to join one of them in a “dream move”. To be fair, the behaviours of Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho ahead of their transfers to Barcelona gave them quite enough ammunition to last a long time when Liverpool are concerned, and they’re not shying away from using it.

All through 2017/18 they were linking Mohamed Salah with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, but the incident deliberately caused by Sergio Ramos in last year’s Champions League final completely stamped that story out.

Wasting no time, they immediately turned their attention to Sadio Mane. The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real to Juventus hurt the 13-time European champions to an extent they could scarcely have imagined when they agreed to the deal. With the likes of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, and others, failing to make up for the lack of the Portuguese superstar, it’s mostly been Eden Hazard and Mane as the Spanish press favourites to step into the breach.

But while the Chelsea winger still seems likely to actually make the switch, Mane’s thoughts are only about Liverpool. As relayed by Paul Joyce of The Times, the Senegalese said he was flattered by the interest of big clubs, but he’s quite happy being a part of a team that “beats big clubs”.

Joyce believes this is a clear indication that Mane has no intention of leaving Anfield any time soon, and that he is ready to take the next step – with Liverpool.

2018 EPL Premier League Football Liverpool v Arsenal Dec 29th : News Photo
29th December 2018, Anfield, Liverpool, England; EPL Premier League football, Liverpool versus Arsenal; Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates with Sadio Mane, scorer of Liverpool’s third goal after 32 minutes (photo by David Blunsden/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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