Bayern land their Mane but Sadio will still watch Liverpool
Bayern Munich have completed their move for Sadio Mane — but the striker insists he will always be Liverpool's No1 fan.
The Senegalese star, 30, enjoyed a successful final campaign with the Reds, winning the Carabao Cup and FA Cup as Jurgen Klopp's men chased an unprecedented Quadruple.
He also triumphed with his homeland in the Africa Cup of Nations, scoring the decisive penalty in their 4-2 shootout win over Egypt in the final.
But his future gradually appeared to lie away from Anfield after Bayern expressed an interest.
And the Bundesliga giants have finally landed their man, handing Mane a three-year contract after hammering out a reported £35million deal to prise him from Merseyside.
The delighted ace said: "I'm really happy to be at Bayern.
"We spoke a lot and I felt big interest from this great club right from the beginning, so for me there were no doubts.
"It's the right time for this challenge. I want to achieve a lot with this club. During my time in Salzburg I watched a lot of Bayern games — I really like this club.
"But I will watch Liverpool, for sure, because I am going to be Liverpool’s No1 fan forever.
"I just want to say good luck to them and I have an eye on them.
"And for sure they will be even better because I know the boys — great players, great talent, great maturity and attitude, so of course, Liverpool will always stay even better."
Mane excelled after joining Liverpool from Southampton in 2016, bagging 120 goals in 269 appearances for the club.
Picking up six trophies during his time at Anfield, he was instrumental in Klopp’s quest for silverware.
But with Mane entering the final year of his contract, the Premier League and Champions League runners-up decided to allow their No10 to move on, having already signed Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez to reinforce their attacking options.
Boss Julian Nagelsmann will hope Mane can help Bayern return to the top of the pile in Europe and secure an 11th consecutive domestic title.
Club CEO Oliver Kahn said: "We are delighted we've been able to recruit Sadio.
"With his outstanding performances and his great successes at the highest international level over many years, there are very few players like him in the world.
"We're sure Sadio will delight our fans in the coming years with his spectacular style of play.
"He's ambitious and eager to win more titles. This package is very strong. With players like him at Bayern, all the biggest goals are possible."