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Sadio Mane 'happy' at Liverpool amid Real Madrid rumours

14 June 2018

Sadio Mane downplayed rumours of a possible move away from Liverpool amid Real Madrid interest, saying he is happy at the club.

Senegal meanwhile begin their campaign in Russian Federation against Poland on Tuesday 19 June with the issue of Mane's club future like to be put to bed for the time being.

But the winger has shot down suggestions that he could leave Anfield before the end of his existing contract, which is set to run in summer 2021.

Mane, 26, joined the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League finalists in 2016 from Southampton for a reported €41m (R640m) transfer fee and has developed into one of their key members of the first XI.

"I am very happy in Liverpool and my contract will last for three more years", Mane told Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten.

But discussing the prospect of being the Lions of Teranga's "superstar", Mane showcased a humility that will be familiar to Liverpool supporters.

'I feel no pressure.

He added: "As I said, I'm happy in Liverpool".

Real have moved quickly to appoint a successor and announced on Tuesday Julen Lopategui will succeed the Frenchman, a development which has cost him his job as Spain manager just two days before La Roja begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal.

"Now's the moment to focus on putting in a good and successful World Cup with Senegal".

If they are to emulate their predecessors Cisse's side will certainly rely on Mane's quality, and the Reds can continue to do the same on his return.

Sadio Mane 'happy' at Liverpool amid Real Madrid rumours