Former Liverpool Star’s Multi-Million Pound Investment Sets Stage for Exciting Developments
In a groundbreaking development for French football, Sadio Mane, the former Liverpool forward and current Al Nassr player in the Saudi Pro League, has been unveiled as the new owner of Bourges Foot 18, a fourth-tier football club in France.
Mane, who made headlines with his high-profile move to Al Nassr after a stint with Bayern Munich, is reportedly earning an impressive £650,000-a-week in the Middle East. Should the 31-year-old Senegal international fulfill the terms of his lucrative contract, he stands to amass a staggering £136 million, a portion of which is expected to fuel ambitious projects at Bourges Foot 18.
The news comes after months of speculation about Mane’s interest in club ownership, a move driven by his long-standing desire to contribute to the growth of football beyond the pitch. According to sources, Mane had previously injected funds into Bourges Foot 18 during last summer’s transfer window to bolster the team’s squad.
Sadio Mané becomes owner officially of French 4th division club Bourges Foot 18 as confirmed by the city’s mayor. Expect more Senegalese talent into French football. Great project for Sadio. pic.twitter.com/S7l8R2FrXW— Moby (@Mobyhaque1) October 25, 2023
Confirmation of Mane’s ownership was made public during a press conference held at Bourges’ town hall on Wednesday afternoon. Bourges mayor Yann Galut, along with Cheikh Sylla, the president of Bourges Foot 18, officially welcomed Mane via video call.
“I confirm the official arrival of Sadio Mané as a partner of Bourges Foot 18,” stated Galut. “I would like to send him my warmest greetings. It is an official arrival in the presence of Cheikh Sylla, president of the club. Sadio Mane has humanist values; he is close and he has a desire to have a social project.”
The acquisition is seen as a strategic move by Mane, aiming not only to uplift Bourges Foot 18 but also to create opportunities for young players from Senegal to ascend to higher levels of professional football. Mane’s close relationship with Bourges Foot 18 president Cheikh Sylla is believed to be pivotal in his decision to invest in the club, marking a significant step in the player’s off-field legacy and his commitment to football development.
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