Liverpool winger Sadio Mane has rubbished speculation that he wants to leave the club and denied that he was poised to join Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Following the Champions League final, where the Senegal international scored the Reds’ equaliser, reports suggested he had agreed a move to Spain.
Real Madrid went on to win the match 3-1 but despite that disappointment, Mane says he wants to stay at Liverpool.
“I am very happy in Liverpool and my contract will last for three more years,” he told Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten.
“As I said, I’m very happy at Liverpool,” he added when answering a follow-up question.
However, he has left the door open for a potential move away from the Reds in the future.
“But you never know what will happen in the future.
“I want to win trophies, especially the Champions League,” he added.
Mane joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016 for a fee of £34 million which made him the most expensive African footballer at the time.
In 73 appearances for the Reds, he has scored 25 goals and laid on 14 assists, including 10 strikes during their Champions League campaign this season.
He has formed a potent attacking force alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah which has the potential to help Liverpool to even greater heights in the seasons to come.
With the Reds already active in the transfer market, signing Fabinho from Monaco and Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, manager Jurgen Klopp would hope that Mane can achieve his dream of winning more trophies by staying at Anfield.
And with Madrid about to undergo a transition period as Julen Lopetegui takes over from Zinedine Zidane, staying put seems like the best option for the Senegal international.
Mane will be one of his country’s key players as they take on Colombia, Japan and Poland in Russia in the World Cup in the coming weeks.
While his focus is on representing his country, Liverpool fans may be somewhat relieved to hear that he remains fully committed to them.
However, if Real Madrid are interested in signing him then it will only be a matter of time before he will be fielding similar questions about his future.