Liverpool’s Sadio Mane joins Bayern Munich, ending six trophy-filled years at Anfield

Sadio Mane completed his move to Bayern Munich, concluding a six-year stint with Liverpool in which he helped end their 30-year wait for a league title, as well as win the Champions League.

Sources told ESPN on Friday that Mane struck a deal with Bayern, which won its 10th consecutive Bundesliga title in May, in a total package worth € 41 million.

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Mane has signed a contract until 2025 with Bayern.

In a statement, Liverpool said: “We thank Sadio for all he has done and wish him the best of luck for the rest of his career.”

In a question and answer session on the Liverpool website, Mane said: “Obviously it’s weird – really, really weird – not to be a Liverpool player anymore after six years at Anfield. But obviously I had a great time, once upon a time. incredible, and since my first day I have really enjoyed training, playing, especially at Anfield and in front of these fantastic fans. Now the end has come, so what can you say?

“From the first day I came to the club, I spoke to the boss when I was in Southampton, and I think we weren’t even in the Champions League at the time. He called me and I said, ‘Sure.’ my heart that I will come to Liverpool because that is where I see myself, and for me it was the right time and the right club to get it all.

“So, I can say that we have won a lot and I have had a great, great time there. An incredible time at Liverpool, we have won a lot. As I always say, my life is always [about a] challenge and when it arrived I told the club that I wanted to leave, I want to go somewhere else to see a new challenge. It’s nothing else, it’s just a challenge because for me I always want to challenge myself to improve more and more “.

Mane added: “I am really happy to finally be at FC Bayern in Munich. We talked a lot and I felt a lot of interest from this great club from the start, so there was no doubt for me. just for that. challenge. I want to achieve a lot with this club, also in Europe. During my stay in Salzburg I saw many Bayern matches, I really like this club. “

It becomes Bayern’s third signing of the final season, following the arrivals of Ajax Amsterdam duo Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui.

“Everyone knows his exceptional technical qualities and his incredible mentality,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. “He will contribute a lot and help guide our team, which has a great structure. The fact that he will join FC Bayern shows that our club and he have great goals. Sadio Mane is perfectly suited to the football played by FC Bayern under Julian Nagelsmann. “

The Senegalese international made 269 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 120 goals and providing 38 assists.

He joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016, arriving within the first 12 months of manager Jurgen Klopp’s reign, and played a pivotal role when the club returned to the top of English football – winning the Champions League in 2019. and helped end the club. 30 years of waiting for a Premier League title in 2020.

He also won the Club World Cup (2019), the FA Cup (2022) and the Carabao Cup (2022) scoring 120 goals in 269 games in all competitions during his time at Liverpool.

During last season there had been speculation that Mohamed Salah might leave this summer as well, but the striker confirmed last month that he will remain at Liverpool for the 2022-23 season.

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