Senegal manager Aliou Cisse has claimed that Sadio Mane will be happier if he leaves Liverpool for Bayern Munich.
In quotes relayed by Goal, Cisse weighed in rumours of his star player’s future. The 46-year-old shared his belief that Bayern, not Liverpool would be his preferred destination for Mane.
“I tell my boys to try to work out the contract issues so that when their respective championships resume, they will have already found a base,” said the AFCON winning coach.
“I heard about Sadio at Bayern. For me it is a club that is of its standing. Bayern is intense, pressing football with a German coach. Sadio played in Salzburg in Austria which is a border country, and that means he is not going into unknown territory. For me, the club where he will feel the best is Bayern.”
He may feel the best there, but until the German champions put in a reasonable offer, he isn’t going anywhere.
Only a matter of time for Mane
Since the season has ended, many people within the game have spoken on Mane’s future.
Some, like Cisse, clearly believe his time at Liverpool has come to an end. Others, such as TalkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist, simply can’t understand why he’d want to leave Anfield.
Perhaps we’ll never get a clear answer on that from the man himself. Mane had promised to be open about his decision after the Champions League final, but that never came to pass.
Instead, two bids from Bayern have so far been put forward and rejected. With Liverpool looking more-or-less likely to announce the arrival of Darwin Nunez from Benfica though, you’d think it was only a matter of time before an agreement is struck.
Earning the chance to say goodbye
Hopefully when the dust starts to settle, Mane will get the chance to speak openly to supporters. Other, less prominent figures such as Gini Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana and Divock Origi have had the chance to say goodbye.
Mane has been one of the key players in a wonderful period for the club. After the ugliness of the transfer negotiations have passed, fingers crossed that there’s an opportunity to look back on some of the beautiful moments he gave the club.
Whether that’s in a more formal interview, or just a few posts on social media. His six years at Liverpool have brought much personal and collective success and should be celebrated accordingly.