Sadio Mane has shared that two of his ex-teammates advised him to decline an offer from Saudi Professional League side Al Nassr.
In the previous summer, Mane concluded his successful spell at Liverpool, during which he amassed a collection of six trophies, to make a move to the German Bundesliga powerhouse, Bayern Munich.
However, Mane’s stint in Bavaria was marred by underwhelming performances, failing to showcase his usual top form.
Recent reports revealed that Mane has now joined forces with Cristiano Ronaldo by sealing a deal with Al Nassr, marking a new chapter in his career.
The 31-year-old has now revealed that his former Liverpool teammates asked him to snub Al Nassr.
Speaking toThe National, Mane said: “I think first of all I spoke with Firmino for sure. I think he wanted me to come to the wrong club – I’m joking! He always called two or three times to convince me to come to Al Ahli.
“At the same time I spoke with Fabinho because he was quite close to me and he also wanted me to come to Al Ittihad, but in this time when Al Nassr came, I chose Al Nassr.”
Mane added: “Of course Henderson is here also, and he sent me a message two days ago to wish me good luck and I’m excited to meet all these great guys and also to meet them face to face for the first time. I’m going to win against you guys!”
The Senegal captain went on to explain why he decided to ditch European football for Saudi Arabia.
He said: “Since I had the opportunity I spoke to my family, and they were happiest of course because it is a Muslim country.
“My mum especially encouraged me to go. My mum is Muslim like me, she was the first to vote for me to go there and my whole family was excited for me to come here so it was not hard.
“It is important to my faith. I am pleased to be part of this project and to make it go forward, we have a bright future ahead.”