Mady Toure established Generation Foot in Senegal back in 2000 with the aim of developing the raw talents that presented themselves in the region. In the 20 years since its birth, it has produced more than 10 international players, including Reds frontman Mane. The pair are believed to have remained close since those days.
And Toure told the Guardian: "The fact Sadio has won the African Ballon d'Or will spur him on to win the European one too.
"That's his objective. Sadio always told me he would become one of the best players in the world. He said that to me and now he is among them but he has to leave Liverpool now.