Sadio Mane has returned to his childhood village in Senegal to play in a local football match amid speculation over his future away from Liverpool.
Bambaly, a small village in Senegal, was where it all began for Mane, as he grew up playing on the muddy pitch. The reunion match this week saw the 30-year-old play alongside former Reds star El Hadji Diouf, Newcastle Papiss Cisse, current Senegal team mate Mbaye Diagne and Desire Segbe.
"Back to the source with a gala match on the Bambaly pitch, where it all started!," Mane captioned the photo shared on his Instagram. "A big thank you to my brothers: Papiss Kiss, Mbaye Diagne, Desire Segbe and without forgetting my lifelong idol, sacred El Hadji Diouf."
The Senegal international is set to depart Anfield this summer, with a move to Bayern Munich the likely destination. The German giants are working on securing a deal with the Reds as they prepare to launch a third bid after their first two of £25million and £30m were rejected.
While the Reds' valuation of Mane is believed to be £42.5m, the player has apparently reached a full verbal agreement with Bayern as a three year contract awaits at the Allianz Arena.
He has scored 120 goals for Liverpool since signing from Southampton back in 2016 but with only a year left on his current deal, the club will be keen to cash in on him.
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However, the two rejected bids would suggest otherwise. Speaking about Bayern's interest in Mane, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic stated: "The transfer market is not easy and it always depends on the club's financial capabilities.
"Basically, we are trying to strengthen our team – we are also working on some options on the attack. Of course, you can't reduce yourself to one option [in this instance Mane], you have to have several options."
Meanwhile, the Reds have already replaced the 30-year-old with a new club record transfer of £85m for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
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