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‘It’s always a pleasure’ – Sadio Mane responds to Real Madrid links

Sadio Mane has responded to speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid by saying ‘it’s always a pleasure that this kind of team wants you’.

The Liverpool forward has enjoyed a superb season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring 22 goals to win a share of the Premier League‘s Golden Boot as well as being nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

The 27-year-old’s form is believed to have attracted the interest of Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane plotting a summer overhaul of his squad after a disappointing season in the Spanish capital.

Mane admits it is flattering to be linked to a club of Real’s stature, however, he insists that he is ‘happy’ at Anfield as he prepares for the Champions League final this weekend.

“This is always part of football so we have to deal with it, but for me the most important thing is Liverpool and I’m happy here,” Mane told reporters at a pre-match press conference.

“I’m preparing for one of the biggest games for the club and the fans and the players as well, so let’s focus on this one first and win it.

“It’s always a pleasure that this kind of team wants you.

“But don’t forget Liverpool. We beat big teams.”

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