By Will Butcher
Sadio Mane has revealed he snubbed interest from Manchester United and “lots of other clubs” to join Liverpool in a £35million transfer.
The 24-year-old has become the most expensive African player in history with his move to Anfield, after scoring 11 Premier League goals from a wide attacking role last season.
The Senegal international was a target for ex-United boss Louis van Gaal on the back of two impressive seasons on the south coast.
‘It was true that I had the chance to go to Manchester United,” Mane said, as quoted by the Mail. “There was interest from a lot of clubs, not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested I just felt it was the right club – and with the right coach – and right for me to come here.”
Mane signed with The Saints two years ago from European side RB Leipzig, after playing an integral part in helping the Austrian giants do a League and Cup double two years in a row.
The versatile forward declared that he believes that the size of the Merseysiders was an important factor as he made the decision to reject Manchester United.
“Liverpool are a massive club with a big history and have won many trophies over the years,” he said. “To progress to another level as a player, this was the right club and the right moment for me. It was a step I needed to make.”
Mane, who has also had a spell with French Ligue 1 side Metz, finished his first season in England by claiming the fastest hat-trick record. He scored three goals in just two minutes and 56 seconds, as the Hampshire side demolished Aston Villa 6-1.
In other Liverpool transfer news, these two players are set to follow Ryan Kent out of the club in the next coming weeks, as he joined Barnsley on-loan.