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Liverpool ace Sadio Mane: I had a contract with Man Utd then Klopp called...

Liverpool ace Sadio Mane has revealed how close he came to signing for Manchester United.

Mane had agreed terms with the Red Devils and received a contract from the club before pulling out of the deal after speaking with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

The Senegal international said Klopp helped convince him the Merseyside club was the best destination for him as he looked to make a step up from Southampton.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Mane said: "I have to say, I was really close to going to Manchester United. I had the contract there. I had it all agreed.

"It was all ready, but instead I thought, 'No, I want to go to Liverpool'. I was convinced to go with Klopp's project. I still remember the first time I got the call from Klopp.

"I was watching TV. It was an action movie - because I love movies - and he said, 'Sadio, listen, I want to explain to you what happened at Dortmund'.

"That was when he thought of signing me for Dortmund and for some reason it didn't work out. He tried to explain and I said, 'it's okay, it happened'. I forgave him.

hen he said, 'now I want you at Liverpool'. And I said, 'Okay, Dortmund is behind us, let's focus on the future'.

"He said, 'We have a big project at Liverpool and I want you to be part of it'. Then he asked what position I wanted, because he could see at Southampton I played on the right side and I used to play on the left.

"I said I prefer left, and then he said, 'but Coutinho is on the left!' So I said, never mind, I will play on the right. I could see myself in all the positions."


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