Sadio Mane dismisses transfer speculation


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Senegal international Sadio Mane has cooled speculation linking him with a summer transfer to Real Madrid and insists he is focused on helping Liverpool beat Tottenham in Saturday’s Champions League final.

The 27-year-old has been an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s team this season, scoring 22 Premier League goals as the Reds finished second in the table and four in the Champions League.

He has found the net 45 times in just 92 top-flight appearances since moving to Anfield from Southampton three years ago.

Such statistics have alerted Real Madrid to Mane’s attributes as the La Liga side start to rebuild their squad following an underwhelming 2018/19 campaign.

However, Mane said: “For me the most important thing is Liverpool and I’m happy here. I’m preparing for one of the biggest games for the club, so let’s focus on this one first and win it.

“(Speculation) is part of football, so we have to deal with it. It’s always a pleasure that this kind of team wants you, but don’t forget Liverpool. They beat big teams.

“Last year’s final will help with this one, because we wanted to win it and it was not the case. It’s positive because many people didn’t expect us to play this final.

We didn’t win the league, but we still have one trophy to play for, so we are going to try to give everything to win it.”

Liverpool are 1.53 to beat Tottenham and lift the Champions League trophy while Mauricio Pochettino’s team can be backed at 2.50 to triumph.

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