On Wednesday, FC Bayern presented their new star signing Sadio Mané. All statements by the Senegalese at his first press conference.
The press conference is over after almost an hour, and those responsible for Bayern seem proud of their commitment. Mané himself was also motivated to tackle the task in Munich. The Senegalese made it clear that he would like to be one of the top performers in the record champions in the future. FC Bayern secured his services until 2025.
Update, 4:57 p.m.: What is Mané’s biggest challenge? “I was lucky enough to play in France, Austria and England. As I said, I’ve always worked very hard to play in the biggest clubs and Bayern is part of that, so one of the biggest clubs in the world. If you know you’re playing for Bayern, you know what you’re preparing for.”
Update, 4:54 p.m.: Mané now has to get used to the German language again. “Well, I know a few things from Salzburg, like “Gemma” or “Grüß Gott”, things like that. But I’m here now and the most important thing is that you come back in a few months and I speak better German.”
Update, 4:51 p.m.: Does Mané already feel at home? “It’s my second day here and I’ve talked to a lot of fans, it’s a beautiful city. I’m very excited and happy to be able to live here. I love this city.”
Sadio Mané found out from a Bayern colleague from the national team
Update, 4:49 p.m.: FC Bayern was already interested in the then Salzburg Mané in 2014. “You have to ask my advisor that question, but I personally followed the Bundesliga most of the time. And now I have the chance to play here.”
Update, 4:46 p.m.: With Bouna Sarr, Mané meets a colleague from the Senegalese national team. “Yes, I spoke to him with the national team and he was very happy that I was coming.”
Update, 4:44 p.m.: Why did Mané look for a new challenge after six years? “When I played at Liverpool we fought for every title. I was looking for exactly this task in Munich because Bayern are fighting for every title.”
Sadio Mané on Liverpool farewell: Jürgen Klopp was “a little sad”
Update, 4:43 p.m.: Did Jürgen Klopp fight for Mané? “When I spoke to him, he was a little sad, but at the same time he wished me well.”
Update, 4:41 p.m.: “I spent six wonderful years in Liverpool, of course no one was happy about my departure but that’s part of it. However, I was looking for a new job and now I’m very hungry. Kloppo wanted to keep me but he understood me and the club accepted it. I wish Liverpool the very best.”
Update, 4:39 p.m.: What is the difference between the Mané who joined Liverpool in 2016 and the current Mané? “I think it’s the same Sadio, but good question! Maybe I’m just hungrier and want to achieve something big with the club here.”
Update, 4:36 p.m.: Can Mané wear number 7 or 9 next season? That would require Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski to leave. “That radiates inwards to the team, but not much has changed with Robert. He still has a contract until 2023 and we’re happy if he shows up with us on the first day of training,” says Oliver Kahn.
New signing Sadio Mané is looking forward to his “new challenge” at Bayern Munich
Update, 4:34 p.m.: What does Mané want from his future teammate Thomas Müller? “I think Müller is one of the nicest guys. I’m happy to play with him here and of course we’ll try to achieve great things here.”
Update, 4:31 p.m.: What does Mané want to achieve in Munich? “It’s a challenge for me, my whole life is one. At Bayern, the task is to win every title. The club is very big, and the players are made to win titles.”
Update, 4:30 p.m.: What shirt number will the Senegalese wear? “It’s not a bad thing for me, but of course there are some exciting numbers. I’ll make up my mind when the time comes. For me it does not matter.”
Sadio Mané presented at FC Bayern: New signing points to Nagelsmann when asked a question
Update, 4:29 p.m.: How will Mané cope with his role as the biggest Bundesliga star? “I’m concentrating more on what I do here for the team, I want to score a lot of goals and provide assists. I’ll leave that to you to answer,” he told reporters.
Update, 4:27 p.m.: What information has Jürgen Klopp given his ex-player? “So I was his player for six years. He’s a great coach and I’ve developed a great relationship with him. I’ve been following the Bundesliga since I was in Salzburg. I think I’ve gathered enough information already.”
Update, 4:24 p.m.: In which position does Mané see himself? “You have to pass this question on (points to Nagelsmann). But I think I’m a player who feels comfortable everywhere. Just not in defense or in goal – I’d rather be up front in attack, I think that would be better for the club too.”
Update, 4:22 p.m.: Who will Mané bring? “I think I left my parents’ house when I was 19, it wasn’t easy for me. I could handle it, but of course I want my whole family – especially my parents – to be here. My mother doesn’t want to leave me alone here, but I also have my friends and my uncle around me. But I am a big boy and I can live on my own, but in the future I would like to live with them, yes.”
Presentation of Sadio Mané in the ticker: “I agreed immediately”
Update, 4:20 p.m.: How does he rate his new team? “I was at a good club myself, we celebrated great successes and I can say that I achieved everything there. But I’ve followed the Bundesliga and seen a lot of Bayern games and I have no doubt that this is one of the best teams in the world. We’ll see how the whole thing develops.”
Update, 4:18 p.m.: To what extent was Julian Nagelsmann responsible for Mané’s decision-making? “I met the coach, it was very important for me to get to know him and the project. When they explained to me what the idea was like, I immediately saw myself in this project and didn’t think twice. I said yes straight away, I just see myself here and as a support for the team. So I made the decision immediately.”
Update, 4:15 p.m.: Hasan Salihamidzic first thanks Mané’s adviser Björn Bezemer, who has accommodated Bayern. “It was a great experience for me too, we are all happy and proud that he will strengthen our team. I’m not only looking forward to his sporting qualities, because he’s also a monster of mentality,” says the sporting director.
Presentation by Sadio Mané: Oliver Kahn wanted “fresh blood” for the team
Update, 4:13 p.m.: What does the boss Oliver Kahn think? “We want fresh blood, now we’ve managed to bring an absolutely world-class player to Munich for three years. You don’t have to talk much about his qualities, he’s fast, flexible and dangerous in front of goal. He is an absolute – and that impressed me from the start – an absolute professional who wants to win titles and has therefore ended up with the right club,” says Kahn.
Update, 4:11 p.m.: “I think the fans will love him and be amazed. And I would like to congratulate Sadio on his decision,” said President Herbert Hainer, who also thanked the club and its supporters for their support.
Update, 4:09 p.m.: Why did Sadio Mané choose Bayern? “First of all, I would like to say hello to everyone. It will still take me about three months to speak good German again, so I will answer in English. I chose Bayern because it was the best project for me. I had other offers but FC Bayern was always my first target, I want to help the team collect more trophies.
Sadio Mané is introduced: First appearance in the Allianz Arena
Update, 4:07 p.m.: Mané introduces himself with a “Servus”, the newcomer sits between Oliver Kahn and Herbert Hainer, Hasan Salihamidzic has taken a seat on the outside.
Update, 4:05 p.m.: And off we go with the press conference!
Update, 4:02 p.m.: Sadio Mané has just arrived at the Allianz Arena, the press conference with the new signing will start shortly!
Update from June 22, 3:56 p.m.: A few minutes until the presentation of Sadio Mané. How will the Senegalese explain his transfer? And what else does sports director Hasan Salihamidzic have to say about the new signing from Liverpool? The answer is there in a few minutes!
Presentation of Sadio Mané in the ticker: First PK appearance in the Allianz Arena
Update from June 22, 3:32 p.m.: Just under half an hour until the start of the press conference at which Sadio Mané will be presented as FC Bayern’s new professional. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, who was mainly responsible for the transfer of the Liverpool star, will also be there.
Update from June 22, 3:01 p.m.: FC Bayern Munich fans had to wait a long time for this moment, and now it’s almost here. One hour until Sadio Mané’s presentation in the Allianz Arena, the Senegalese himself will probably explain his transfer and define his goals in Munich.
Sadio Mané will be presented on Wednesday: Senegalese since Tuesday in Munich
First report from June 22nd:
Munich – Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic only closed the deal with Liverpool on Friday, with the English apparently agreeing with his third offer. Shortly thereafter, everything was prepared for the arrival of the Senegalese world star. Landed on Tuesday morning Mane in Munich and, after passing his medical check, was accommodated in the Mandarin Oriental Munich, a five-star hotel in the old town.
FC Bayern presents Sadio Mané: Salihamidzic “proud” of his new signing
Wednesday is the day of Mané’s presentation. After signing the contract, the photo shoot continued over the roofs of Munich. The newcomer sent the first greeting to the Munich fans: “Hello fans, this is Sadio Mané. I am very happy to be here, especially with this view. And I can’t wait to play in front of you in the Allianz Arena,” said the 30-year-old on FC Bayern’s Instagram channel.
Hasan Salihamidzic, who already spoke in detail about the background of the transfer, was very happy about the increase. “With Sadio Mané, a top international star is coming to Bayern Munich who has made his mark on world football. We are proud to have brought him to Munich,” said the sports director in the corresponding press release. “In our talks, Sadio made it clear from the first minute that he only wanted to play for FC Bayern,” said ‘Brazzo’ – The player himself put it similarly in an interview.
Sadio Mané moves to Bayern and enthuses: “I really like this club”
Mané was also happy about the club’s own media. “We had a lot of talks and I felt the great interest of this big club from the start. So there was no doubt in my mind right from the start: This is the right time for this challenge. I want to achieve a lot with this club, also internationally,” he says aggressively. “Even during my time in Salzburg I followed many FC Bayern games – I like this club very much!” (ajr)