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Sadio Mané has pledged to give ‘the best answer you want to hear’ on his future at Liverpool after Saturday’s Champions League final, and hopes a win against Real Madrid would improve his chances of becoming just the second African international winner of the Ballon d’Or. .

The Liverpool striker is out of contract in 2023, along with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and unlike the Egypt international, he has refused to disclose where he will play next season.

Mane promised in several interviews during Liverpool’s Champions League media day on Wednesday to announce a decision after the Paris final. But the 30-year-old, linked with a move to Bayern Munich, has indicated it will be a positive outcome for Liverpool. Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owner, is keen to extend the exceptional careers of Mané and Salah at Anfield.

Mané said: “Honestly, the answer I can give you now is that I feel very good and I am fully focused on Saturday’s game. This is the answer I have to give before the final. But come back to me on Saturday and I’ll give you the best answer you want to hear, that’s for sure. It is special. I will then give you everything you want to hear. For now, let’s win it because I don’t have time for anything else. I will do everything possible to win it because it is my biggest dream and that of all the boys, so I will give you the answers.

A second Champions League triumph with Liverpool would enrich an already stunning season for Mane, who won the Africa Cup of Nations for Senegal, guided his country to the World Cup final and lifted the FA and Carabao Cups. The achievements bolstered his claims to win the Ballon d’Or for 2022, but Mane lamented the lack of African representation in an award dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past 13 years. George Weah of Liberia in 1995 was the first and so far only winner to play for an African national team. Eusébio, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1965, was born in Mozambique but played international football for Portugal.

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Mane, who was asked if he thought African players had been ignored in the vote, replied: “It’s true, which is sad. This cup, the Africa Cup of Nations, is the biggest trophy I have won in my life and for an African player not to have won the Ballon d’Or since George Weah, it’s sad, it’s is on.

He hopes Saturday’s final could tip the vote in his favor. “We will do everything we can to win it and then we will see what happens with the Ballon d’Or,” he said. “I think myself and all the players at Liverpool have had goals since the start of the season, which is to win all the trophies. So far we have won two and missed one, which is behind us now, and Manchester City fully deserved it. And winning the Champions League would be special for me and for all the other boys.

“That’s what we focus on and we have to do what we can to win. The rest you have to decide. For me it would be even more special to have another bonus which is the Ballon d’Or. , and I would be the happiest player in the world.

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Mane insists there will be no pressure on Liverpool and, despite scoring in the final loss to Real in 2018, he doesn’t think he has a score to settle. “It’s not about revenge for me,” he said. “Real Madrid fully deserved to win this Champions League.

“They were the best team in the game. I forgot it. It was four years ago, right? There have been a lot of changes, we have more quality and we know more how to win big games, how to control them. We are a different team and it will be a game that will be different from all the others.

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