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Mane triggers unprecedented enthusiasm at Bayern

22 Jun 2022, 22:18 GMT+10

BERLIN, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Sadio Mane's safe landing in Munich has triggered unprecedented enthusiasm not only in the Bavarian capital but among the clubs' millions of fans.

Media are reporting in detailed diaries minute by minute about every single step such as the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations winner's medical exam, and his lunch menu aside from several fans already happy about an autograph.

As if it still needs photographic evidence to prove the former Liverpool star has in fact made his way to the reigning German champion, supporters are proudly posting photos together with the 2019 Champions League winner.

Bayern's decision, to present their new arrival to the public in a rare show event in the club's arena this Wednesday afternoon, might tell the story.

The 30-year-old Senegalese' value for the club and the German National League couldn't be bigger.

After the departure of Dortmund's Norwegian striker Erling Haaland (City) and the possible move of Robert Lewandowski to Barca, Mane stands for the international limelight factor the Bundesliga was in danger to lose.

Mane is slipping into the role of the new figurehead of a league struggling in its attempt to keep up in the race for international attention with the leagues in England, Spain, France, and Italy.

The return of Germany's struggling 2014 World Cup hero Mario Goetze from Eindhoven to Frankfurt, seems only a side-things compared to the Mane deal, worth 32 million euros of transfer fee aside from possible bonuses of up to nine million euros.

In the wake of one of the football's unique stars, the transfer of the Ajax players Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui the entire club's mood has turned from devastating to full of hope after the painful exit in the last eight of the 2021/2022 Champions League campaign.

Bayern's intense actions convinced Mane, reports say. Coach Julian Nagelsmann kept close contact over social media channels.

Chairman Oliver Kahn went to see Mane on Tuesday for lunch in a Munich luxury hotel while sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and several club officials secured a smooth transition from the UK to Germany.

The striker admitted, that he has been on fire from the start "as I found myself at the same level when it comes to future plans."

After two years at RB Salzburg from 2012 to 2014, the language barrier isn't a problem while Senegal forward travelled to Munich with some close friends and members of his agency.

Mane said is fully focused on winning trophies, "but we shouldn't already talk about the Champions League final as we haven't played a single game together yet."

To repeat the club's 2020 Champions League triumph remains the striker's main goal. "We have a competitive team. I joined one of the world's leading clubs," he added.

Meanwhile, Salihamidzic is insisting, that the former LFC striker isn't meant to replace Lewandowski or German international Serge Gnabry. "I expect to see both for are training start in July," he said while media reports talk of a departure of both.

The Bayern official spoke about Mane as a superstar increasing the competition in Bayern's squad.

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