'We text each other': Sadio Mane say he's still messaging £34m Liverpool player even after joining Bayern
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'We text each other': Sadio Mane say he's still messaging £34m Liverpool player even after joining Bayern

Sadio Mane has admitted that he’s been texting with former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah.

Speaking to Goal before winning the African Player of the Year award last night, Mane stressed that he and Salah have absolutely no rivalry.

“People sometimes say there’s a rivalry between me and [Salah], but you know I don’t see myself having a rivalry with any player to be honest,” said the 30-year-old. “We have good relations, we text each other. I think the media always try to [aggravate] things.”

Mane also said that as well as Salah, he maintains a good relationship will the players he’s shared a dressing room with.

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“You know I don’t just have [relationships] with one player, but with every player I’ve played with in the world. You can ask whoever you want in the club, or wherever I go. I have good relationships with all players,” said Mane.

Not all smiles and sunshine

As much as Mane wants to play down the issues that he and Salah faced with each other, it’s clear that there was something there.

Of course, that can happen. The two players have supreme mentality’s that demands they be the best in their fields. Sometimes that kind of competitive spirit can bubble over.

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And sometimes it did. Few Liverpool supporters will forget Mane’s outburst at Turf Moor in August 2019. Furious to have been subbed, Mane ranted on the bench as Salah stayed on the pitch.

But generally, the two seemed to get on well. You don’t play for five years with someone and strike up the understanding Mane and Salah had without being in-tune with each other.

Mane wins the battle this time

There is clearly a huge amount of mutual respect between the two. Both for what they’ve done for their country’s, and for their clubs. They have come from humble beginnings and have reached the very top of the game.

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Congratulations must go to Sadio for picking up a second successive African Player of the Year award. Although he’s no longer a Liverpool player, the award recognises his performances from last season, when he very much still was.

It’s tough to argue that he doesn’t deserve it after leading Senegal to AFCON success. But judged on performances alone, no player in world football touched Salah at his high point last season.

Mo will fight for the prize again next season as the two battle it out for the first time in different teams.

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