Sadio Mane has spoken about 'the best team in the world' and his desire to win the UEFA Champions League, as reports continue to link him to a move to Real Madrid.
While speaking in an exclusive interview with Austrian newspaper, Salzburger Nachrichten, Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane, insisted he is happy at the club after speculation linked him with a move to Real Madrid.
The Senegal international scored in last month’s Champions League defeat to the Spanish club and speculation almost immediately suggested he was a target for them, before Zinedine Zidane’s shock resignation.
But Mane, preparing for the start of the World Cup in Russia, insists he feels at home at Anfield.
“I am very happy in Liverpool and my contract will last for three more years,” the 26-year-old, a former Red Bull Salzburg player, told
“But you never know what will happen in the future. I want to win trophies, especially the Champions League.”
Mane said it was tough to put the heartbreaking final defeat behind him but he has now turned his focus to Senegal’s tournament in Russia.
“To be honest, this defeat was not easy to put away. The whole club worked hard for this Champions League title, but Real Madrid were the better team that day,” he said.
“We lost to the best team in the world. The defeat is ticked off. Now it is time to play with Senegal (and have) a good and successful World Cup. That’s my whole focus.”
Mane will spearhead Senegal's World Cup effort, with his country drawn against Colombia, Japan and Poland in Group H.
They open against the Poles on Tuesday afternoon, but Mane said: “I feel no pressure. To be honest, I am very happy to play this tournament together with my team.
“I also do not see myself as a superstar, but as part of a team that wants to achieve a lot in the World Cup.”