Mane happy at Liverpool despite Real Madrid interest

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Sadio Mane has dampened speculation over a summer move to Real Madrid, pledging his long-term future to Liverpool ahead of the World Cup.

Earlier this month, France Football claimed Real Madrid had a deal in place to bring the Senegal worldwide to the Santiago Bernabeu, only for Zinedine Zidane's shock departure to leave the reported move in doubt.

Mane is now in Russian Federation with the Senegal squad, as they bid for progress from Group H, taking on Poland (June 19), Japan (June 24) and Colombia (June 28).

Mane did add the usual caveat that "you never know what will happen in the future", though this should not be confused as a hint over a possible move.

"To be honest, this defeat was not easy to put away".

Mane, 26, joined the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League finalists in 2016 from Southampton for a reported €41m (R640m) transfer fee and has developed into one of their key members of the first XI.

Mane, however, refused to rule out a move to the side he believes are the "best in the world" in his quest for trophies. The defeat is ticked off. "That's my whole focus". I don't feel any pressure.

Liverpool launched their "deep violet" away kit on Thursday and defender Virgil van Dijk said: "We have the best travelling support in football and I'm excited to run out in front of our fans wearing this strip".

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