Sadio Mane has dropped a huge hint that he will sign a new deal with Liverpool but will only reveal his next move after Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Mane is set to fall out of contract at the end of the 2022/23 campaign. Speculation has been raging over his future with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich known to be keen. Indeed some reports this week suggested that Bayern were ramping up their interest.
They went as far as suggesting a £43million switch to Bayern could happen in the summer.
However it looks as though Mane is ready to lay all those rumours to rest. Although he will keep everyone waiting a little longer.
The 30-year-old was quizzed about his future ahead of the Champions League final. He would not reveal his next step but reading between the lines he looks set to stay at Anfield.
“I think the answer I can give you now is I feel very good,” Mane told reporters. “I am fully focused on Saturday’s game, that is the answer I must give before the final. But come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you want to hear, for sure. It’s special. I will give you all you want to hear then.
“I love what I am doing and I sacrifice myself all the time. Working hard every single day on the pitch and in the gym and I get better and better, that’s the most important. I am trying my best to help the team.”
Mane, along with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are all available on free transfers at the end of next season.
Mane was pushed on what he would do if a big offer from elsewhere came in. But he played it with a straight bat, insisting winning the final is the focus.
Sadio Mane focused on Real Madrid
“What I want to say now is I am fully focused on the Champions League and winning it, which is far more important for me and the Liverpool fans,” he added. “I will do everything absolutely possible to win the game for Liverpool.
“I think we all forgot about what happened in 2018. For sure Real Madrid were the better team then and deserved to win the game, but it is going to be a different game.”
Until Mane confirms he is staying the rumours will rumble on. But it sounds like he is ready to commit beyond the end of next season rather than run his deal down.