Liverpool could hand Sadio Mane a new contract at Anfield to keep him out the clutches of Real Madrid, according to reports.
Mane, who moved to Anfield in the summer of 2016, has become irreplaceable in Jurgen Klopp‘s team having scored 77 goals in 161 appearances for the Reds.
Indeed, his stock has risen immensely in the past two seasons, when he has helped fire Liverpool to Champions League glory and come up with several match-winning contributions.
Such performances have reportedly led to interest from Real Madrid, who have been uninspiring in their efforts to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, according to Football Insider, Liverpool are weighing up ending any further interest in Senegal international Mane by handing him a ‘blockbuster new contract’.
The winger’s current terms – extended in November 2018 – expire in the summer of 2023, by which point Mane would have turned 31.
Therefore, it is said that Liverpool believe another extension will put paid to Madrid’s hopes of landing the player on a big-money move.
Madrid signed Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard last summer but both have been blighted with injuries, with former Chelsea man Hazard suffering two ankle problems.
Jovic has also struggled and Madrid announced recently that the former Eintracht Frankfurt striker has injured his foot amid the shutdown of football across Europe.
Mane, meanwhile, has been a virtual ever-present for Liverpool and has only missed two games all season due to a slight hamstring injury.
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