Mane agrees terms on new five-year Liverpool contract
The Senegal international has committed his future to the Reds until 2023, and joins Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in signing a new deal
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has agreed terms on a new long-term contract with the Anfield outfit.
Goal understands the deal will see him remain with the Merseyside club until 2023 as the Premier League giants continue to tie down their star players.
Mane’s partners in crime Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have already signed fresh five-year deals in the last 12 months, and Jurgen Klopp has now ensured his ferocious front three have all committed their futures to the club with Mane set to finalise the deal before the end of 2018.
Senegal international Mane joined the Reds from Southampton in a deal worth £30 million ($38m) in the summer of 2016 and has gone onto become a firm fan favourite with the five-time European champions.
He has scored 40 goals and laid on a further 18 assists in 89 matches for Liverpool and scored in each round, including the final, as Klopp’s team finished as runners-up in the 2017-18 Champions League.
Such form has seen him linked with Real Madrid, though the Reds have always insisted that he is not for sale.
“I am very happy, very happy to extend my time at Liverpool,” Mane said in a statement released on the club’s official website.
“It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything – to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies.
“I’ve always said, when I knew I had a chance to come here I didn’t have to think twice. The right club in the right moment and with the right coach as well. I came here and was very happy.
“For me, I have made the best decision in my career.”
Klopp added: “This is a big boost for everyone and another demonstration of how the players we have at this club are committed, not just to our present but our future also.
“I can’t think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn’t want a player like Sadio available to them, so the fact he wants to remain with us says something about where we are currently.
“He is a such an important member of our team and squad. He radiates joy and I think this is reflected in his performances and impact on the pitch.
“The only criticism I could ever have of Sadio is that maybe at times he is the only one not to see just how good he is – but as an attacking player he is the complete package.
“He made a big impact when he first arrived, but if anything he’s got better and better each season. His trajectory has only been upwards in terms of his level and his contribution.”
Mane and his Liverpool team-mates will return to action on Saturday when they look to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City as they visit Watford.
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