Mane vows ‘special answers’ at UCL final


dio Mane has dropped a big hint that he is planning to stay at Liverpool beyond the summer, with the winger vowing to give a “special” answer to questions over his future after Saturday’s Champions League final.

“Honestly, the answer I can give you now is I feel very good, and I am fully focused on Saturday’s game. That is the answer I must give before the final. But come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you want to hear, for sure. It’s special,” he said ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Stade de France.

“I will give you all you want to hear then. For now, let’s go win it because I have no time for other things. I will do everything possible to win it because it is my and all the boys’ biggest dream, then I will give you the answers.”

The Senegal international has also discussed his ambition to become the first African Ballon d’Or winner in 27 years.

“It’s true, which is sad. This cup, the Africa Cup of Nations, is the biggest trophy I have won in my life and for an African player not to have won the Ballon d’Or since George Weah is sad, for sure.”

The Liverpool attacker hopes he can follow in Weah’s footsteps later this year, but he would only see the individual accolade as a “bonus” on top of a potential second Champions League winners’ medal.

“We will do everything we can to win it and then we will see what happens with the Ballon d’Or,” Mane added.

“I think myself and all the Liverpool players have targets from the beginning of the season, which is to go for all the trophies.

“So far we have won two, and missed one, which is behind us now, and Manchester City fully deserved it [the Premier League title]. And to win the Champions League would be special for me and for all the other boys.