Mane's youth coach predicts eventual Southampton exit

Saido Mane's youth-coach Mady Touré has predicted the Senegalese winger will not stick around at the club for long.

Saido Mane may only just be settling into life at Southampton, but his former coach has already backed him for a move away.

Mady Touré, who coached Mane when he was a youngster back in Senegal, believes that the Saints' summer signing is capable of playing in the Champions League and he even feels he can be better than Lionel Messi meaning his stay on the South-Coast may be a short one.

"I’ve known him since he was a kid so to see him doing so well is fantastic," Toure said to the Guardian. "Today we talk about Messi and Neymar but honestly I don’t think these players are as good as Sadio Mané.

“But I don’t think his development is finished yet. Sadio still has a long way to go before reaching his peak. Now he needs a really good coach to take him to the new level because his possibilities are enormous.

"It’s a great opportunity for him to show what he can do and I can assure you he will be a revelation in the Premier League."

“But I’m sure he will not spend too long at Southampton because there are lots of clubs in Europe who would like to buy him. When Sadio went to Metz, I said he wouldn’t spend very long with them and it was the same when he went to Red Bull. He has the talent to play in the Champions League.”

Mane has made a good immediate impression at Southampton, where his pace, energy and power have caught the eye.

Although he has been wasteful in-front of goal so far, he is proving a threat to defences and if he keeps forging chances for himself he looks set to be a big hit.

He is one of a number of summer singings who have lifted Southampton after what threatened to be a disastrous summer.

The club lost a number of their main protagonists from last season, where they finished in eighth position, to bigger clubs, but they have bought well and compensated for their losses.

Indeed, the Saints are currently in third place and will be targeting the Champions League spots themselves this season.

Ronald Koeman, who is currently in charge at St. Mary's, has talked up the possibility of a top four finish and, although it seems unlikely, it is unquestionably the target set at the ambitious club. 

To do they will need to keep up their excellent form after the international break.

The Saints take on Sunderland at home next weekend and they will be looking to get back to winning ways after a defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in their last fixture.

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