Southampton's Sadio Mane admits early difficulties and explains his 'dream'

Sadio Mane has been speaking about settling in at Southampton and his hopes for the rest of the season.

Southampton winger Sadio Mane has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of their clash with Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

The Senegal international arrived at St Mary’s from Red Bull Salzburg last summer and he has impressed with his pace and his goal-scoring ability.

The clash with Tottenham could see Southampton take another step towards European qualification next season, and the 23-year-old for one is dreaming of that.

“I think to play in Europe is a dream for everybody,” Mane said. “I played one time with my ex-team.

“It’s good and it’s a good experience for a footballer and it also important and good for the club also.

“Everything is possible and everybody is believing that, so I think we’ll do it.”

If Southampton are to qualify for the Europa League they will have to get the better of Tottenham this afternoon, before winning the majority of their games thereafter. But they certainly have the squad to do that having impressed for much of the season.

Manager Ronald Koeman has been brilliant in his debut campaign, signing a number of impressive additions, and while Mane admitted to his struggles when he first joined he is clearly happy with his decision.

The attacker has featured 27 times for Southampton, scoring six goals and providing four assists to date.

Of his early days in England, Mane said, “It was not easy,” but he had his teammates for support and the football which always kept him focused.

With a full season under his belt, Southampton could have a star-in-the-making come the new campaign.

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