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‘Man Utd weren’t the right club for me, Liverpool were’

By July 27, 2016No Comments

New signing Sadio Mane says Liverpool is the right club for him despite interest from Manchester United and others.

Mane is enjoying working with manager Jurgen Klopp instead of, potentially, Jose Mourinho.

Asked about interest from Old Trafford when he was leaving Southampton Mane added: “Yes, it was true.

“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. 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.”

Mane insists he is not concerned about the pressure of his £30million fee as he feels comfortable at the club having turned down a move to Manchester United.

The Senegal international became the Reds’ third most expensive signing behind Andy Carroll (£35million) and Christian Benteke (£32.5million) when he joined from Southampton a month ago.

Mane has already impressed in the club’s domestic friendlies and is set to feature against Chelsea in the International Champions Cup match in Pasedena on Wednesday night local time as they kick off the American leg of their pre-season.

And while the real competitive action does not begin for a few more weeks the 24-year-old feels he is coping well with the move despite the expectations after such a large transfer.

“It’s football isn’t it? That’s the game these days,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“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.”

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