Liverpool new boy Sadio Mane has revealed why he snubbed Manchester United’s offer and joined Liverpool instead.
Mane, who completed his £30million move from Premier League rivals Southampton back in June, agreed to a long-term contract with the Anfield outfit after a significant meeting with Jurgen Klopp.
The Senegalese intentional was believed to be close to a move to Manchester United in January and, when asked if Jose Mourinho also showed interest in him again ahead of his move to Liverpool, Mane offered an honest answer:
“Yes, it was true,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“There was interest from a lot of clubs, not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested I just felt it was the right club with the right coach. It was right for me to come here,” he added.
“Liverpool are a massive club with a big history that has won many trophies over the years and as soon as I was told of the possibility to come here and I knew the manager wanted me I said yes.
“It was the right move. I recognise the size of the club and to progress to another level as a player this was the club and the moment for me. It was a step I needed to make.”
Right now away on the pre-season tour of America, Sadio Mane’s new team-mate Philippe Coutinho couldn’t even resist heaping praise on his new colleague; admitting Mane is ‘too fast’ and players were even struggling to keep up.
“It’s football, isn’t it? That’s the game these days,” Mane said when asked about his blistering pace.
“The thing for me is not to focus on the fee. I just have to focus on what I can do in the games and in training,” he added.
“I want to take the club as far as I can.”
Mane scored 25 goals in 75 appearances for Southampton in the Premier League after two campaigns with the club.
The forward also has 36 caps for Senegal and has scored 10 times for his country.