According to Sadio Mane’s former Liverpool teammate Loris Karius, Sadio Mane’s impending move to Bayern Munich will benefit not only the German champions but the Bundesliga as a whole.
Mane is expected to join Bayern Munich after Julian Nagelsmann’s side signed a €41 million (£35.2 million) agreement last week.
The Senegal international has just one year left on his contract at Anfield after helping his team win the Africa Cup of Nations and qualify for the World Cup, as well as winning two domestic cups with Liverpool in 2022.
After signing Benfica forward Darwin Nunez last week, Jurgen Klopp will sell Mane, who scored 23 goals in all competitions for Liverpool in 2021-22.
Karius, who joined Liverpool in the same transfer window as Mane in 2016, believes the 30-year-old will have no trouble adjusting to his new surroundings at the Allianz Arena.
“It would be a crazy transfer for Bayern,” the goalie told Sky Sports in Germany. “He’s one of Liverpool’s finest players.”
“You can only congratulate Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga if they manage to sign someone like him.” It would be a new star in the league, and I’d be thrilled for the Bundesliga.
“Sadio Mane is a reserved, down-to-earth character. From his stay in [RB] Salzburg, he also speaks a little German. I’ve always gotten along with him, in fact, with everyone. If he comes to Germany, he will have no trouble adjusting.”
Now aged 28 and having made his most recent competitive appearance during a loan spell at Union Berlin in February 2021, Karius is looking forward to finding a new home, but remains grateful for his time at Liverpool.
“There were ups and downs. It’s part of the game, that’s football, but I’ve developed as a person,” he said.
Karius added: “I’ll take my determination with me to my next job.
“It’s about having a good feeling. The club can be in Germany, but also abroad. I just have to feel that the chemistry with those responsible is right, that they have a good feeling about me, and I have a good feeling with them.”