Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane has cleared the air on the comments he made regarding his future at Anfield.
Mane had recently said that 70 per cent of Senegalese people want him to leave Liverpool, adding that he will do it.
The former Southampton star, who has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich in recent days, had said: “I respect the fans and team but 60 to 70 per cent of Senegalese want me to leave Liverpool? I’ll do what they want,” he told reporters on Friday while on international duty with Senegal national team.
His comments caused a stir, especially as he has become a popular figure at Liverpool over the past six years.
However, the 30-year-old has now moved to clarify what he meant, claiming that he was only making light-hearted remarks, which he didn’t expect to be taken so seriously.
He insisted that he didn’t intend to offend Liverpool fans after recently suggesting that he would leave the club this summer to please the majority of the Senegalese people.
“I spoke yesterday while joking with a bit of humour and it was everywhere,” Mane said, as quoted by journalist Cissokho Sahel.
“I think we will stop there. Liverpool is a club I respect a lot. The fans adopted me since day one. Regarding the future, we will see.”
Mane’s club future may be unclear right now, but that did not affect his performance on the pitch on Saturday as he netted a hat-trick for Senegal against Benin in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stade Me Abdoulaye Wade.
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