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Sadio Mane is motivated by Bayern Munich's young fans' support

Tue 02 August 2022 | 17:19

Arriving from Liverpool as Robert Lewandowski’s replacement, he impressed well in his side's 5-3 victory over RB Leipzig in the DFL Supercup on Saturday, netting his side's second goal.

Sadio Mane, who joined

Liverpool

from Southampton in 2016, after winning numerous honors at Anfield, finally left the team in the summer and went to Bayern Munich for a reported €32.00m fee.

The Senegalese

has proven an instant hit with Bayern fans as children were recently spotted climbing trees to see him at training sessions.

"Yes, and I was very happy. The fact that children climb trees especially for me motivates me immensely, of course,"

he said in an interview posted on

Bayern's official website

. "I want to do my best here every day in training and in matches - for the team and the fans.

"I still remember today that as a child, I admired great players and wanted to be like them. That's why it's very important to me to make children happy with my play. Children, they say, are also the most honest critics."

Being asked about his idols,

Sadio Mane

added: "My idols back then were Ronaldinho and El Hadji Diouf from Senegal.

"They were outstanding players. I watched videos of them for hours and tried to imitate everything they did.

"My mother gave me an El Hadji Diouf jersey, and when I was a bit older I bought one of Ronaldinho's myself. I worked extra, earned money and saved up for it. It was a dream to wear his name on the back. I didn't even want to take the jerseys off, I wore a different one every day."

 

Throughout his successful career, the new

Bayern Munich

signing has funded a string of infrastructure projects in his birth village on Bambali in Senegal. On his philanthropic activities in his hometown, the Senegalese added:

"Whenever I can, I visit my parents and my old friends in Bambali. It's a small village, a long way from the nearest town.

"Life there is very different from Europe. I find it hard to put into words, the cultures are too different and the situation for the people there isn't easy.

"That keeps you grounded. When I'm there, I'm the Sadio of old. I play football with my old friends, we have fun together.

"I always really enjoy going back. My country is made up of 17 million football-mad people, and they're all Bayern fans now. I think you'll see a lot of Senegal flags in the Allianz Arena this season."

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