A former Liverpool midfielder says he can understand why Real Madrid would consider making a move for Sadio Mane, but feels Mohamed Salah could be itching to leave.
Los Blancos have reportedly been interested for the Senegalese foward over the past year, with Zinedine Zidane believed to be an admirer of the player.
Followins Salah's debut season with the Reds, the Spanish were also said to be keen after the departure of club-record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018.
Former Reds defender Jason McAteer believes Mane will stay at Anfield but feels Salah could be tempted.
“I can absolutely understand why Real Madrid would consider making a move for Sadio Mane in the summer – and I could understand if Mane was tempted,” McAteer told the Racing Post.
“Real Madrid aren’t quite the force of old but they are still a glamour club and would turn heads.
“It’s partly a cultural thing, partly a football thing, partly just being a new challenge for a player who, if Liverpool win the league this season, will have achieved all the big goals.
“So it’s whether Mane wants a new challenge, while the challenge facing Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp is ensuring the players are hungry to go again just as they were this season after being crowned European champions.
“Pep Guardiola has had to try to re-energise his team after two title wins and he’s found it tough but it’s something that Jurgen is brilliant at.
“What I would say is that if Mane went I’d worry that it might be the start of things breaking apart because he’s absolutely at the top of his game at the minute and would take some replacing. He’d be harder to replace than Mo Salah in my eyes.
“But we know the really big teams are out there trying to get better and under pressure to entice the best players on daft money.
“I actually think Sadio Mane is quite happy to stay at Liverpool although I can see Mo Salah itching to change things up, if not next summer then next season.”
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