Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has promised a “special” answer for his future but wants to focus on the Champions League final first as he marks his fourth trophy this season for the club and country.
The Senegal international, already an Africa Cup of Nations, League Cup and FA Cup winner, is looking to cap a remarkable campaign against Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday.
The 30-year-old is rumored to be joining Barcelona and Bayern Munich to enter the final year of his contract at Anfield.
“Honestly, I think the answer I can give you now is that I’m feeling very good, and I’m fully focused on Saturday’s game. That’s what I must answer before the final,” Mane said.
“But come back to me on Saturday and I will definitely give you the best answer you want to hear. It’s special. Then I’ll give you what you want to hear.
“I love what I do and I dedicate myself to it all the time. I’m working hard every single day on the field and in the gym and I’m getting better, that’s the most important thing. I am doing my best to help the team. “
That means Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were a key part of Liverpool’s attack under Jurgen Klopp, whose contracts are set to expire at the end of next season.
The three players removed Liverpool from the glory of the Champions League in 2019 before winning the club’s first top-flight title for 30 years the following season.
But all three could go free at the end of next season – at which point they would all be in their 30s.
The real method?
In terms of quality, he may be at Anfield, but when asked what would happen if he called Real, he said: “Good question, but what I want to say now is that I’m totally focused on winning the Champions League, which is a lot. It’s important for me and for the Liverpool fans. “
Foreign clubs can negotiate with Premier League players within the last six months of their contracts.
A strong personal performance in Paris will increase the chances of winning the Ballon d’Or.
The forward hopes to become the second African to win the award after George Weah, although Salah will compete for him.
“This cup, the Africa Cup of Nations, is the biggest trophy for me, the biggest trophy of my life, and it’s sad for an African player not to have won the Ballon d’Or since George Weah. Sure, ”he said.
“Winning the Champions League is special. I have a chance to play it again and we will do what we can to win it and then we’ll see what happens to Ballon d’Or.
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