Sadio Mané: This really impressed me

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With a friendly smile, Sadio Mané stepped onto the turf at Säbener Straße on Friday afternoon. In the session lasting around 90 minutes, Bayern’s latest signing gave a first glimpse of what he’s capable of for the German record champions. After training, we spoke with the 30-year-old attacker about his first impressions. In the interview, Mané revealed how he intends to impress his new teammates with the traditional initiation song.

The interview with Sadio Mané Servus and a warm welcome, Sadio! How was your first training session with FC Bayern?

Mané: “It was really good! I enjoyed it and the other boys enjoyed it too. I’m very happy to be here. Today was our first day together and I’m very excited to start the season.”

Sadio Mané, Alphonso Davies, FC Bayern.

How was the first contact with your new teammates?

“I’d already met them as an opponent. Now we‘re teammates and I’m glad to be able to get to know the boys. Some of them are only coming in the next few days – I’m looking forward to meeting them too and starting pre-season with them.”

You’ll be ‘allowed‘ to sing a song in front of the team for your initiation. Do you already know which song you’ll do?

“I think that’s normal in most teams. I don’t have a particular song yet, but I have a few in my repertoire. I’ll go home and think about it and choose the best one, so that I can be a big singer in front of the boys.”

Ryan Gravenberch, Noussair Mazraoui and Sadio Mané with Julian Nagelsmann.
New signings Ryan Gravenberch, Noussair Mazraoui and Sadio Mané with head coach Julian Nagelsmann.

What are your first impressions of the city and the people of Munich?

“When I lived in Salzburg, I used to come to Munich regularly. The people are very respectful and nice. This really impressed me and is important for me. The people have welcomed me, especially here in the club, which has given me extra motivation.”

How much are you looking forward to playing at the Allianz Arena?

“I’ve already played at this big stadium. Now we want to achieve our targets with the support of the fans.”

The full report on Friday's training session:

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