Mane Leaves Bayern Munich: A Surprising Twist
Former Southampton and Liverpool sensation Sadio Mane, who has thrilled fans across the Premier League, has ended his short and challenging stint with Bayern Munich. The 31-year-old Senegalese international has taken the next big step in his career, joining Cristiano Ronaldo at Saudi Arabian football giants Al-Nassr.
During his time at Bayern, Mane’s contribution of 12 goals in 38 appearances was underwhelming, considering the promise and flair he had shown in his initial matches.
A Season of Struggles: On and Off the Pitch
The past season has been turbulent for Mane. Not only did he struggle to find his rhythm on the pitch, but he was also involved in an off-field incident – a physical altercation with Leroy Sane in the Manchester City dressing room after a Champions League loss.
The German champions, however, have managed to recoup most of the £35m they paid Liverpool for Mane just a year earlier.
Words from Bayern’s CEO
Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen candidly expressed his views on Mane’s time with the club. “He was not able to contribute as much as we all and he himself had hoped,” Dreesen acknowledged, emphasising the difficulties that the former Southampton player faced.
Thomas Tuchel and Mane: A Mutual Agreement
Bayern’s manager Thomas Tuchel has also weighed in on the situation, saying that he and Mane agreed that parting ways was the best course of action. The two shared a “long, big hug” and an understanding that sometimes things don’t go as planned. “I can totally understand he feels hurt,” said Tuchel, accepting responsibility for not maximising Mane’s potential.
Al-Nassr’s Ambitious Plans
Al-Nassr continues to make waves in the transfer market. Following the signing of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo in December, they have added Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Brazil full-back Alex Telles, and Ivory Coast midfielder Seko Fofana this summer. The inclusion of Mane undoubtedly adds to an exciting phase in the club’s growth.