Southampton star Sadio Mane explains his motivation to always improve

Sadio Mané

Mane believes the expectations upon him to succeed are the key motivator to work hard.

Senegalese international Mane arrived at St Mary’s Stadium last summer, impressing in his short Premier League stay, and he has told the Guardian what it is that drives him to improve.

“I am very conscious of how much people are expecting from me and that is my motivation to work harder every day to go as far as I can,” says Mane, who has been touted as a future Ballon d’Or winner by Senegal’s former manager Claude Le Roy.

Since arriving in England from Red Ball Salzburg, Mane has improved from raw-looking winger to established Premier League star, and a key member of Southampton’s side pushing for European football.

He has played 26 league fixtures under Ronald Koeman’s guidance, and after a slow start to the campaign, has netted six goals and registered three assists.

There are still questions over his physicality, and the youngster does go down fairly easily, but as he develops he should overcome any problems he is still encountering.

Having signed for the Saints as something of an unknown, Mane has impressed heavily in his debut season, with his pace on the ball and tricky dribbles doing much to show undoubted potential.

Mane has a long way to go before he reaches the likes of Eden Hazard as award contenders in England, and even further before he can claim a potential hold upon the Ballon d’Or, but if his development continues at its current rate, there is no suggesting just how good Mane may become.

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