Sadio Mane’s agent has criticised Bayern Munich and claimed they did not sell him to Saudi club Al-Nassr for footballing reasons.
Mane who joined Bayern Munich from Liverpool for £35 million last summer, left the club recently and joined Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr. The 31-year-old Mane earned more than £17m a year at Bayern and has signed a £650,000-a-week contract with the Saudi Arbia club.
In an interview, Sadio Mane’s agent claimed that Bayern Munich forced Mane out of the club due to his salary.
Bacary Cisse has told After Foot RMC: “It wasn’t a footballing decision (to sell him). Sadio’s salary bothered the Germans, they didn’t understand how an African joins the club and becomes the top earner ahead of everyone, so they wanted to get rid of him. They never called the player’s representatives. They never told Sadio face-to-face that they wanted to get rid of him. Bayern just sent (Thomas) Tuchel to tell him that he will be a third choice left winger. Sadio has nothing to prove to the Germans. He didn’t become what he’s become thanks to Bayern. It was thanks to Liverpool. Bayern were ungrateful. They were paying an African all this money, and that hurt them.”
Mane only managed to score 12 goals for Bayern during his first season in the Bundesliga.
Cisse added: “He was professional until the end. But the people in charge at Bayern weren’t fair. They first leaked to the media they were ready to sell him for €20m. But after he returned to training and they saw he was doing well, they raised the price to €30m. Sadio didn’t steal his money. From the first meeting with Bayern, he gave them his word that he would join, without talking about the salary. His representatives negotiated that salary for him.”