Dean Saunders: Sadio Mane will ruin his career at Bayern
Former Liverpool and Wales forward Dean Saunders has insisted that current Liverpool striker Sadio Mane will ruin the best two years of his life as a footballer if he joins Bayern Munich.
Mane is at the final stage of his summer switch to Bayern Munich and could have his medical in the coming days. The Senegal star spent six years at Anfield, winning every trophy at the club level but is pushing for a move away from the club with just a year left in his contract.
Mane could be the replacement for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski is also set to leave Bayern Munich for possibly Barcelona.
While noting that he has nothing against Bayern Munich which have won the Bundesliga title 10 times in a row, Dean Saunders stressed that the Bundesliga is not a challenge for Mane.
While speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, Dean said; “Nothing against the club, it’s a great club, but the league is nowhere near a challenge for Mane. He’ll get goals. They win 5-0 every week, only one team can win the league.
“It’s not a challenge. He will get in his armchair, light a cigar up, he’ll play for Bayern in third gear and he’ll coast for two years and ruin the best two years of his life as a footballer.
“At the end of his career, if he said to you ‘come and look at my trophy cabinet’, the German league winners medal will be right at the back.”
The 30-year-old Senegal captain will leave Liverpool with an impressive record of 120 goals in 269 games and six different trophies.
Recall that Mane joined Jurgen Klopp’s squad in 2016 from Southampton and has been an important player for the team since then. However, he has insisted that he wants to leave this summer to experience a new challenge.
Liverpool on the other hand have gotten a replacement for the Senegalese forward in the person of Darwin Nunez who Liverpool signed for a club-record fee of €100 million.
“I can’t believe he (Mane) is leaving Liverpool, I don’t know it’s got to this point,” Dean Saunders added.
“He’s 30, I think of all his time at the club, the last six months he’s played the best football, he’s been unstoppable at times.
“He went up the middle when Diaz signed and he started getting better and better at finding the pockets and linking the play up.
“I can’t get my head round why you’d want to leave Liverpool right now, when you’re playing the best football of your life in the best combination front-three he’ll ever play in, to go and play for Bayern Munich.”