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Sadio Mané hits out at ‘sad’ reporters as former Liverpool star defends Saudi Arabia transfer



Sadio Mané has responded to suggestions that he is getting less attention since leaving Europe for Saudi Arabia, where he has been playing for Al-Nassr since August.

Liverpool legend Sadio Mané has responded to claims that he’s getting less attention in Saudi Arabia than he would have in Europe’s top leagues. The winger, who now plays for Al-Nassr, insists he’s happy and that the Pro League is gaining global attention.

Mané, who moved to Saudi from Bayern Munich last year after leaving Liverpool, scored Senegal’s third goal in their 3-1 win over Cameroon. This victory secured their spot in the Africa Cup of Nations knockout round. After the game, Mané criticized reporters for not recognizing the global coverage the Saudi Pro League receives.

When asked if he feels less noticed since his move to Al-Nassr, Mané said: “That’s what you think because I’m not in Europe. This is sad for you guys. Because, for you guys, if you don’t play in Europe, it doesn’t matter. I’m not around as a football player.

“Fortunately, I can say the Saudi league is a very good league, and watched by everybody in the world, so, for me, as long as I’m doing my best and I’m enjoying myself every single minute, that’s more important. The rest, for me, doesn’t matter.”

Mané has netted 12 goals in 26 games for Al-Nassr this season, with eight of them in the Pro League. Some have questioned the quality of the division even since the influx of high-profile players, but Cristiano Ronaldo, Mané’s teammate, defended it.

“To be honest I think the Saudi League is not worse than the French league, in my opinion,” said Ronaldo, who has played in Spain, England, Portugal and Italy, but never France during his career.

“In [the] French league I think you have two, three teams with a good level. In Saudi now I think it’s more competitive. They can say whatever they want, it’s just my opinion and I played there one year so I know what I’m talking about. But I think right now we are better than [the] French league, we still improve.”


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