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Bouna Sarr among those who convinced Sadio Mané to join Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich defender Bouna Sarr should be credited with an assist, eh?


Sadio Mané did not just jump into a career with Bayern Munich without pondering his decision. The Senegalese attacker did his homework and spoke to a few different people to get a gauge on if he wanted to make the move to Bavaria.

“I spoke to (former Bayern Munich midfielder) Thiago (Alcantara) when I made my decision. He told me that Bayern is a great club, that everyone there is friendly and that Munich is a wonderful city. That immediately gave me a good feeling,” Mané told Sport Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia): “The coach (Jurgen Klopp) wanted me to stay and was sad. But my decision was made very quickly.”

There was also some recruiting help from a current member of the Bayern Munich roster: Agent Bouna Sarr.

“Bouna was the first player with whom I spoke about Bayern with the national team. We played together at the academy of FC Metz when I was 19. He’s a great guy, but his situation at Bayern is not easy. I know him, he will fight to get another chance,” Mané said.

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