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Didi Hamann has told Sky Germany that Bayern Munich signing Sadio Mane from Liverpool will have a big impact on the Bundesliga’s image as the forward has joined FCB at his peak.

Mane moved to the Allianz Arena in June for an initial £27.5m, rising up to £35m, after six years at Anfield. The Senegal sensation switched the south coast and Southampton for life on Merseyside in 2016 for £34m, and would go on to win every team honour conceivable.

Liverpool achieved Champions League glory in 2018/19, won the Club World Cup in ‘19, a Premier League title in 2019/20, won the EFL Cup in 2022 and also lifted the FA Cup in ‘22. Mane also helped Senegal win their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title earlier in the year.

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Mane contributed extensively to what Liverpool have achieved with Jurgen Klopp in recent seasons. The 30-year-old left Anfield having hit 120 goals and laid on a further 48 assists in 269 games across all competitions, whilst playing for 21,593 of a potential 24,930 minutes.

Bayern Munich will now hope Mane can help boss Julian Nagelsmann overcome the loss of selling Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona. The Poland icon has moved to the Camp Nou for £42.5m, despite the 33-year-old only having a year remaining on his contract with Der FCB.

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Didi Hamann thinks Liverpool sold Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich at his ‘best age’

Hamann also feels Mane signing for Bayern Munich should improve the Bundesliga’s global image as he left Liverpool at his peak. The 91-cap international offered 16 goals over his 34 Premier League games last season, only in 2018/19 (22) and ‘19/20 (18) did he score more.

“The fact that Bayern were able to get Mane was a great thing,” he said. “The first world star to really come to the Bundesliga. Many have become world stars in the Bundesliga. Raul came, but he was already a bit past his peak. But Mane at 30 is really in his best age.”

As well as ending the last Premier League season as Liverpool’s second-best goalscorer to Mohamed Salah (23), the Senegal star amassed his second-most minutes in a single term with 2,825. Only during the 2018/19 season did Mane amass more with 3,086 in 36 games.

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