Sadio Mané has actually pledged to offer "the very best answer you wish to hear" about his Liverpool future after Saturday's Champions League final, and hopes a triumph against Real Madrid would boost his prospects of becoming just the second African international winner of the Ballon d'Or.The Liverpool forward runs out contract in 2023, in addition to Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and unlike the Egypt international has actually declined to reveal where he will play next season.
Mané guaranteed in numerous interviews at Liverpool's Champions League media day on Wednesday to announce a decision after the Paris final. But the 30-year-old, connected with a move to Bayern Munich, has actually indicated it will be a positive result for Liverpool. Fenway Sports Group, the club's owner, is eager to extend Mané's and Salah's exceptional Anfield careers.
Mané stated: "Honestly, the response I can provide you now is I feel really good, and I am totally focused on Saturday's game. That is the answer I must offer prior to the final. However come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you wish to hear, for sure. It's special. I will give you all you wish to hear then. For now, let's go win it due to the fact that I have no time for other things. I will do whatever possible to win it due to the fact that it is my and all the boys' most significant dream, then I will provide you the answers."
A second Champions League accomplishment with Liverpool would enrich a currently stunning season for Mané, who won the Africa Cup of Nations for Senegal, directed his nation into the World Cup finals and lifted the FA and Carabao Cups. The achievements have reinforced his claims to win the Ballon d'Or for 2022 however Mané has regreted the lack of African representation in an award controlled by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past 13 years. Liberia's George Weah, in 1995, was the very first therefore far just winner who played for an African national team. Eusébio, who won the Ballon d'Or in 1965, was born in Mozambique however played international football for Portugal.
Mané, asked whether he felt African players were neglected in the ballot, replied: "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 actually won the Ballon d'Or since George Weah is unfortunate, for sure."
He hopes Saturday's final could tip the vote in his favour. "We will do everything we can to win it and after that we will see what occurs with the Ballon d'Or," he said. "I think myself and all the Liverpool players have targets from the start of the season, which is to go for all the trophies. Up until now we have won 2, and missed one, which is behind us now, and Manchester City fully deserved it. And to win the Champions League would be special for me and for all the other boys.
" This is what we concentrate on, and we have to do what we can to win. The rest you guys need to decide. For me it would be much more special to have another perk which is the Ballon d'Or, and I would be the happiest player in the world."
Mané firmly insists there will be no pressure on Liverpool and, despite scoring in the 2018 final defeat by Real, does not feel he has a score to settle. "It is not about vengeance for me," he said. "Real Madrid totally should have to win that Champions League.
" They were the much better team in the game. I forgot it. It was four years ago, right? There have been lots of changes, we have more quality and we understand more how to win the big games, how to control them. We are a different team and this will be a game that will be different from all the others."