The manager of Liverpool football club, Jurgen Klopp on Monday, July 25, praised his former player Sadio Mane who left the Premier League club for Bayern Munich this summer.
According to Klopp who was the coach of Sadio Mane between 2016 and 2022, the Senegalese footballer has the type of body that could keep him playing football until he clocks 38-year-old or even 39-year-old.
Mane who is currently 30-year-old stunned most of his fans when he announced after the 2021-2022 season that he wanted to exit Liverpool, a club that he had been very successful at in the last six years.
Recall that since Sadio Mane joined Liverpool from Southampton on July 1, 2016, for a transfer fee worth €41.20million, the Senegalese winger helped Liverpool to win one UEFA Champions League, one FIFA Club World Cup, one Super Cup, one Premier League, one EFL Cup, and one FA Cup. This means that the Senegal international has won virtually every major title at Anfield Stadium before he exited the club.
Before he left Liverpool, Sadio Mane scored 120 goals and provided 48 assists in 269 games in all competitions which made him a household name on the red side of Merseyside.
Until he departed from Liverpool to Bayern Munich on July 1, 2022, for a transfer fee worth €32 million, he was one of the most prominent members of coach Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Hence, most people were stunned about how Liverpool allowed him to leave the Premier League club so easily and cheaply.
But when reporters asked Jurgen Klopp about Sadio Mane’s transfer to Bayern Munich, the German tactician noted that the move looked easy because the player made his intention known early and very clearly. Also, Bayern was ready to negotiate a deal for the 30-year-old winger.
Jurgen Klopp said: “Sadio told me and his agent told me that he was looking for a new challenge. If that happens early enough, like this case, and if that happens in the right way and the player and the agent are working, and the new club where they want to go is ready for negotiations, then it should be like it was now.
“Then you say ‘thank you with the biggest respect ever. I couldn’t have more respect for Sadio, what a player he is and I wish him the best – and he will play for ages, he can play until 38 or 39 with his body, it’s absolutely crazy. Bayern have got a really good player. It shows these kinds of transfers can work like this.
“We will want to use it in the future as an example, it’s completely normal that sometimes in relationships there are changes needed. In this case, Sadio wanted it and we reacted and now we both try to make the best of it. I’m really fine with the situation. We will miss him from a sports point of view and as a person as well. But I am fine because that’s how life is.”
Since the departure of Sadio Mane from Anfield, Liverpool have signed three quality players – Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho, and Calvin Ramsay who could be very helpful in Klopp’s quest to halt Manchester City’s reign in the Premier League next season.
How much does Sadio Mane earn at Bayern Munich?
Futballnews gathered that Sadio Mane used to earn around £150,000 per week while at Liverpool but his move to Bayern Munich has almost tripled his earnings.
Reports in Germany claimed that Sadio Mane will earn a gross salary of £17.07million per season at Bayern Munich. This means that Mane earns around £360,000 per week as a Bayern player.
Mane is expected to earn this much until June 30, 2025, when his current contract with the German Bundesliga champions is expected to expire.
Mane’s new salary structure will help him to continue with his humanitarian work in Senegal. It might interest you to note that Mane has built a £455,000 hospital and €250,000 school in his village, Bambaly.
Futballnews gathered that Mane who recently won the Africa player of the year award gives each family in his village the sum of €70 monthly.
Mane has also provided 4G internet for his people and is building a fuel station and post office for the 2000 people who are currently living in his village.