Former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane angrily turned down an interview with a journalist, accusing the reporter of constantly criticizing him during his time at Bayern Munich.
The Senegalese international was approached by the journalist as he was leaving training, but he refused to speak to the reporter, saying: “You are killing me every day, and now you wanna talk?”
Mane’s outburst comes after he has been the subject of some negative media coverage in recent months.
The 30-year-old has been criticized for his performances at Bayern Munich, and he has also been linked with a move away from the club.
Mane’s agent, Bacary Cisse, has defended his client, saying that the media coverage has been “unfair”.
“Sadio is a great player, and he has been very successful in his career,” Cisse said. “He deserves to be treated with respect.”
It is unclear whether Mane will ever speak to the journalist again, but his outburst is a clear indication of his frustration with the media coverage.
The incident is also a reminder of the pressures that top athletes face in the public eye.
Mane is a hugely popular figure, and he is constantly under scrutiny from the media. This can be a difficult burden to bear, and it is understandable that Mane would eventually snap.
It is to be hoped that the media will respect Mane’s wishes and give him some space. He is a talented footballer, and he deserves to be able to focus on his career without having to worry about constant scrutiny.
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Having joined Bayern from Liverpool last season, Mane has struggled to make a significant impact at the Allianz Arena, leading to reports of the club’s interest in offloading him.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Senegal international initially intended to stay and fight for his place in the team. However, with the club’s insistence on letting him leave, he is now considering other options beyond Bayern.
The reigning African Footballer of the Year is now open to discussing potential moves to clubs in Saudi Arabia, with Al-Nassr, the same club where Cristiano Ronaldo plays, reportedly leading the race to secure his services.