Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has agreed to sign a new five-year deal which will tie him at Anfield until 2023.
Since joining the Merseyside club from Southampton in June 2016, Mane has established himself as one of the best attackers in the world football.
Since last season, the Senegal international, who represented his country at the 2018 World Cup, has formed a world-class playing relationship with team-mates Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
The 26-year-old will officially put pen to paper on the new contract in January which will put an end to Barcelona’s transfer interest.
🤝 Sadio Mane agrees new long-term #LFC contract…
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“I am very happy, very happy to extend my time at Liverpool,” Mane told Liverpool’s website at Melwood.
“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.”
Mane joins Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino who recently signed new five-year contracts with the Reds.
And club manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the Senegalese forward is an important member of the team and squad.
“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,” said Klopp.
“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.”