Sadio Mane insists he has moved to Bayern Munich for a new challenge having won everything with Liverpool; 30-year-old, who had just 12 months left on his contract at Anfield, has signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga champions.

Sadio Mane will play a leading role in building a Bayern Munich side capable of winning the Champions League, according to Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg.

The 30-year-old, who had just 12 months left on his contract at Anfield, has signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga champions.

He departs after six years in which he helped the club win the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

“Obviously it is strange – really, really strange – to no longer be a Liverpool player,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “But of course I had a great time, an unbelievable time. We won a lot.

“My life is always (about a) challenge and when it came I said to the club that I want to leave, I want to go somewhere else to see a new challenge.

“It is not anything else, it is just a challenge because for me I want to always be challenging myself to get better and better.”

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Bayern will pay Liverpool an initial £27.5m with a further £5m based on appearances by the Senegal international. A further £2.5m will be paid based on individual and team achievements.

‘Mane will become the new superstar of the Bundesliga’

“This is a massive deal for Bayern Munich and for the Bundesliga. It’s a massive deal for Bayern’s sporting CEO Hasan Salihamidzic. Sadio Mane is a world-class player – he has so many capabilities and was very important to the Liverpool team.

“I’m very optimistic Sadio Mane will become the new superstar of the Bundesliga. The Champions League is the most important trophy for Bayern, and it’s the first question of every season for the manager – are you able to win it?

“Winning the Bundesliga is a duty, but Mane has shown he is capable of winning the Champions League title. He is a player who knows how to reach that next level and he’s a player with a profile Bayern don’t currently have.

“Thomas Muller was asked during a golf tournament on Tuesday what he thought about Mane, and he was very excited about the prospect of his arrival. He will make Bayern better.”

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