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Sadio Mané: Robert Lewandowski ‘one of the best’ strikers in the world

Sadio Mané signed for Bayern Munich this off-season after six seasons with Liverpool, winning the Premier and Champions League respectively.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 14, 2022 Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski reacts after the German first division Bundesliga football match VfL Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. - FC Barcelona have upped their offer to �40 million plus five million in bonuses to sign Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski, several media outlets said on June 29, 2022, including German broadsheet Bild. (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO
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Sadio Mané insists Robert Lewandowski is “one of the best” strikers in the world, but does not want to be involved in discussions over his future at Bayern Munich.

Lewandowski has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, with the striker after a new challenge following eight seasons at Sabenerstrasse, and 12 in total in the Bundesliga.

Mané leaves Anfield

Mané arrives this off-season at Bayern in similar circumstances, seeking a departure from Liverpool with a year left on his deal after six seasons at the club, helping them win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, while also winning the African Cup of Nations with Senegal in 2021.

Speaking in an interview with BILD, Mane did not want to get caught up in any unnecessary drama with that in mind.

“Clearly, Robert Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world,” Mane said. “But I’m not the right person to talk about his future or to say what the club should do now.”

The 30-year-old revealed he was following Bayern Munich during the past season, expressing lament over their Champions League exit at the hands of Villarreal despite dominating play, likening it to Liverpool’s own exit in the 2019-20 season.

New start with Bayern

Mané also insisted with his help, this upcoming season in Europe will be improved for the reigning Bundesliga champions.

“Of course I saw the games. Bayern tried everything, but they couldn’t perform at their best” he said.

“I know that feeling all too well, that’s how we felt at Liverpool against Atlético Madrid. But I assure you, next season will be different. I’m here now and we’ll give everything.

“We have to be convinced that we can do anything. And when I look at the quality of this team, I think it’s one of the best in Europe.”

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