Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hints at Sadio Mane exit after Champions League final against Real Madrid
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New Delhi : Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sparked transfer speculation for Sadio Mane ahead of their Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris on Sunday, 29 May (IST). Sadio Mane, who has just one year left on his contract with Liverpool, has not answered any questions about his move away from Liverpool, despite being heavily linked with Bayern Munich this season.
The point of contention seems to be Mane's salary, which is much less than the salary of his compatriots Virgil van Djik and Mohamed Salah. The forward has been asked many times about the status of his contract negotiations, but has declined comment. Recently, in an interview, he said that he would reply to all questions in all honesty after the Champions League final scheduled to be played in Paris on Saturday evening, local time. However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sparked conversations around Mane a day ahead of the Champions League final, stating that it was the wrong moment to talk about it. "This is the wrong moment to talk about that. Wherever he plays next season, he will be a big player," Klopp said. The Senegalese footballer has had a stellar season, winning the Africa Cup of Nations, which could put him very high on the list of Ballon d'OR probables this season. Klopp spoke about the same and stated that competitions like the Champions League are directly proportional to the chances of winning the Champions League. "When you think about how these kinds of competitions are won, then probably yes. You are either Ronaldo or Messi, or you win the Champions League final. Yes, it will increase the chance, definitely," the manager said. Sadio Mane, however, sounded chirpy ahead of the Champions League final and said that he would be giving the 'best answer' that he wants to hear. "Honestly, the answer I can give you now is I feel very good, and I am fully focused on Saturday's game.