Sadio Mané’s dream Bayern Munich move quickly turned into a nightmare. The longtime Liverpool star is now plying his trade in Saudi Arabia with Al-Nasir, after he was more or less pushed out the door during the summer transfer window following just one season in Bavaria.
Bayern’s loss is Al-Nassr’s gain, however, and the club’s footballing executive manager Marcelo Salazar explained they are delighted with Mané’s arrival — no matter his recent past.
“We are very happy that Sadio Mané is here with us. He’s a global star, a fantastic talent,” Salazar explained in comments captured by Tz journalist Philipp Kessler (via @iMiaSanMia). “If things at Bayern didn’t work as expected, there were reasons for that. They have to ask themselves why Mané couldn’t show his best level at the club. And the player has to make an assessment as well. There’s always two sides to a story. But the most important thing is that Sadio is with us and we are very happy with him.”
Mané has started hot in Saudi Arabia, where he links up with former Real Madrid and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo. The 31-year-old Senegalese international had nine goals and three assists in his first 19 league games. Al-Nassr sit near the top of the Saudi Pro League standings.
Bayern meanwhile have moved on swiftly with another Premier League superstar in former Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Kane has integrated better — so far — but the spotlight in Bavaria burns no less bright.
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