The Bayern Munich forward, Sadio Mane, declined an interview with a German reporter and said that he "kills him every day" with negative reports. The Senegal international, 31, has had a challenging time since moving to the Bundesliga club from Liverpool last summer for £35 million.
A video of the incident was posted on social media, where it received a lot of positive feedback from Mane's supporters. They critiqued the player's treatment by the German media for being too harsh while commending him for speaking up for himself. Some supporters also expressed their want for Mane to go back to Liverpool or join another team that would value and respect him.
On Sunday, a reporter approached Mane outside Bayern's facilities, breaking the silence. Mane was unwilling to engage when the interviewer tried to get him to discuss his plans for the upcoming season. "You kill me every day, you want me to talk to you guys?" he retorted sharply when asked to grant an interview.
Watch the video here:
After failing to make an impression under Thomas Tuchel, who acknowledged that the player had fallen "short of expectations," Mane has been linked with a move away from Bayern. In 38 games for Bayern in all competitions, Mane has only scored 12 goals. He has also had disciplinary problems, including being punished for hitting teammate Leroy Sane during a training session.
Mane is reportedly a target for the Saudi Pro League team Al-Nassr, who are prepared to extend him a lucrative deal to join their ranks of A-list athletes like Alex Telles and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Mane has not made clear what his plans are for the future and has not commented on the transfer reports.
Given that he was among the finest players in the world when he played for Liverpool, Mane's annoyance is reasonable. With the Reds, he won the Premier League, the Champions League, and the FIFA Club World Cup, as well as a number of individual trophies. He also contributed 120 goals in 269 games for Liverpool, where he won over the Anfield audience.