Sadio Mane has revealed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left “a little bit sad” about his departure to Bayern Munich.
Mane, 30, finalised his £35 million transfer to the Bundesliga champions on Wednesday after completing his medical earlier this week.
The former Liverpool forward said Klopp wished him well ahead of his move to Germany but felt sad at seeing him leave Anfield after an impressive six-year spell.
Mane, speaking at his Bayern unveiling, said: “Klopp was a little bit sad but wished me all the best. I’ll always be grateful to him.
“I spent six wonderful years in Liverpool with very nice people and great fans. They were not happy that I left but that’s a part of life, I needed a new challenge.
“Klopp is a very good guy, he wanted me to stay but understood my situation.
“We achieved everything at Liverpool. I’ve seen how good Bayern are on TV before. I’ve watched them in the Champions League. No doubt they’re one of the best clubs in the world. I believe 100 per cent that we can achieve big things.”
Mane said a meeting with Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann convinced him to swap the Premier League for the Bundesliga.
The Senegal international added: “I met him, that was really important for me. I was fascinated by the tactical presentations, straight away I could I see myself in that team and decided (to join them) straight away.”
Mane lifted six trophies during his time at Anfield, winning the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
He is Bayern’s third signing of the transfer window, after Ajax pair Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui joined last week.
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is one player who is hoping to depart the Allianz Arena this summer but chief executive Oliver Kahn insisted the player’s situation is still the same.
“All top players care about the club’s transfers and the chances of winning the Champions League,” Kahn said.
“Nothing has really changed regarding Robert. He is under contract until 2023. We’re happy for him to turn up on the first day of training.”
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