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Sadio Mané flattered by Real Madrid links but "very happy at Liverpool"

Sadio Mané flattered by Real Madrid links but "very happy at Liverpool"

ANTHONY DEVLIN

AFP

Real Madrid look set for a busy transfer window, but rumoured target Sadio Mané said he is "very happy" at Liverpool.

Sadio Mané acknowledged it is a pleasure to be linked with Real Madrid, but insisted he is "very happy" at Liverpool and in no rush to leave. Liverpool signed Mané from Southampton in 2016 for a reported £34million and he has been a key figure for the Reds ever since.

Liverpool striker Sadio Mané training at Melwood yesterday

Golden Boot

The Senegal forward scored 23 goals across his first two Premier League seasons at the club, before stepping things up a notch and netting 22 in the 2018-19 campaign, making him the division's joint top-scorer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reds team-mate Mohamed Salah.

Main Mané

Mané's link-up with Salah and Roberto Firmino has been a major reason why Liverpool, who narrowly missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City earlier this month, have reached back-to-back Champions League finals. His emergence as one of the Premier League's best players has unsurprisingly seen him linked with moves and Madrid are said to be particularly keen, but Mané maintained he is content at Anfield.

SOCCER-ENGLAND-LIV-BOU/Liverpool's Sadio Mané.

Giant-killing Liverpool

"This is part of football, so we have to deal with it," he told reporters of the transfer rumours. "For me, the more important thing is that I am with Liverpool and I am very happy here, and I am preparing for one of the club's biggest games. Let's focus on this first, and on winning it. It's always a pleasure for this kind of team to want you, but Liverpool, don't forget, we beat big teams."

Sadio Mané

The big day draws near

Liverpool will face Tottenham in European football's showpiece match on Saturday at Atlético de Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano.