Bayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic backs Sadio Mane to be a success in the Bundesliga

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Bayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic admits Sadio Mane ‘needs a little time to get used to the Bundesliga’ following his summer move from Liverpool… but still expects the German champions to have ‘a lot of joy’ with the forward in their side

  • Sadio Mane has not been at his best since moving to Bayern Munich
  • The forward has looked out of sorts at time after leaving Liverpool
  • Bayern chief Hasan Salihamidzic has admitted Mane is still settling in
  • He still expects Mane to get back to his best and succeed in the Bundesliga 

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic believes it is only a matter of time before Sadio Mane finds his best form for the German side following his summer switch from Liverpool.

Mane starred in Liverpool’s team for six years, winning every major trophy available, before opting to move to Bayern for £35.1m in June.

He has struggled for consistency in the opening weeks of the season, leading to some speculation that he is unhappy in his new environment, but Salihamidzic is not concerned and has claimed that Mane is still just settling in at his new club.

Sadio Mane has had an indifferent start to the season at Bayern Munich after his summer move

Sadio Mane has had an indifferent start to the season at Bayern Munich after his summer move

Bayern chief Hasan Salihamidzic is not worried and has backed Mane to return to form

Bayern chief Hasan Salihamidzic is not worried and has backed Mane to return to form

‘Sadio still needs a little time, he has to get used to the Bundesliga too, but he will,’ Salihamidzic told Bild.

‘I speak regularly with him. I know what it’s like to arrive as a newcomer to a team, in a different country, in a different city, in a slightly different football culture.

‘Sadio is in this process, everything will soon be more familiar to him and we will soon see that on the pitch too. He is one of the best players in the world, we will still have a lot of joy with him.’

Mane made a fast start to life at Bayern, scoring three goals in his opening three league games, while also finding the net in the German Super Cup and German Cup.

Mane started brightly in Germany, but has looked less happy in recent weeks at Bayern

Mane started brightly in Germany, but has looked less happy in recent weeks at Bayern

However, he has not netted in his last four league outings or his two Champions League appearances for the team.

The 30-year-old has also been regularly substituted in recent weeks, which was not a regular occurrence during his time at Anfield.

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann recently suggested that Mane doesn’t look happy at Bayern, claiming the Senegalese star is being played out of position and hasn’t been ‘integrated’ into the team properly.

Salihamidzic appears to disagree, though, and expects Mane to prove his class sooner rather than later. 

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