Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel has blamed himself for Sadio Mane’s move to Al-Nasr (Saudi Arabia).
Al-Nasr announced the signing of Mane on their official social media accounts on Sunday. His contract runs for four years until 2027 and he will wear the number 10 shirt. Mane’s move to Al Nasr was also confirmed by his former club Munich. After just one season with the Bavarians, Mane is leaving Europe after scoring 12 goals in 38 games.
Mane left Liverpool for Munich ahead of the 2022/23 season in search of a new challenge. Having scored 120 goals in 268 games for Liverpool, making him one of the club’s top strikers, Mane moved to Germany following the departure of Munich forward Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona.
Munich paid Liverpool €40 million for Mane, and at the time, there were high hopes for him as he could play in all areas of the attack, including up front and as a winger.
However, he failed to live up to the hype. He got off to a good start, scoring his debut goal in the DFL-Supercup against Leipzig on his debut, but has since fallen off a cliff. In March, he came under fire for assaulting a teammate. After arguing with Leroy Sane following a 0-3 loss to Manchester City in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, Mane punched Sane in the face in the locker room, drawing widespread criticism and an internal disciplinary action from the club.
Ostracized from the team, Mane announced his intention to continue his challenge in Munich ahead of the new season, but Al-Nasr’s wooing was unsuccessful and he moved to Saudi Arabia. At just 31 years old, the Frenchman is already being wished farewell to Europe.
Shortly before his move to Al-Nasr was announced, Mane told Sky Sports: “I’m sad to leave Munich. I thought I could help the team this season. I wanted to prove it to everyone, and I wanted a different ending.”
Tuchel, who has been following the situation closely, also blamed himself. “I gave (Mane) a big hug before he left,” Tuchel said of his current feelings, according to the UK’s Daily Mail, “I don’t like what’s happening but I agree it’s for the best.” 먹튀검증
“I completely understand that Manet is very hurt. I don’t feel that way either. I am also responsible for not bringing him to his full potential,” he said, blaming himself for not paying enough attention to Mane.
Munich will look to fill the void left by Mane with the signing of Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane. On July 31, CEO Jan Christian Dresden flew to London to hold talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
Despite the differences between the two clubs, Munich are confident of landing Kane, with reports in Germany suggesting they will pay a club-record £85 million for the England international.