West Ham United's Diafra Sakho says that Southampton's summer signing Sadio Mane is like his little brother.
The two players know each-other from their former club Metz and Sakho is clearly very affectionate of the Saints star.
“I know Sadio Mane who is at Southampton, but I wouldn’t say he’s my friend, he’s like my little brother,” Sakho said to London 24. “He was at Metz with me and I looked after him, just as Papiss Cisse did to me, he was my big brother at Metz.
“With Papiss, we are no longer really in touch, because of the distance, but with Sadio, he called me to ask whether it was a good decision to join Southampton and I gave him all the advice I could about the Premier League.”
The duo have made a very positive impression since moving to England and they will be hoping that they can continue to have such success as they develop their reputations in the Premier League.
Mane is still searching from his first goal on English shores, but he has dazzled with his pace and skill.
Sakho, meanwhile, has been in staggering form in-front of goal at the Hammers and looks one of the finest strikers to represent them in a number of years.
He has made the step-up from Ligue 2 football with consummate ease, and already has five goals in his six appearances so far.
It is a brilliant return, which has helped his team elevate themselves into the top half of the table.
Sakho believes a reason for this is the fact that he has settled down so well in London and he has revealed that he loves living in England's capital.
“It already felt good in London, that is partly because of how well I’ve begun on the pitch.
“I love it and being here makes me love it even more – seeing the people, how the supporters love it too.
“They give me strength and I just always want to be out there on the pitch."