What Fernando Torres told Mane about Chelsea and other big clubs
Chelsea are reportedly planning a shock bid for Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane, with former Liverpool striker Fernando Torresc sending a warning to the Senegal international about joining the London club.
Mane only left Anfield last summer after a successful six-year spell that saw him score 120 goals and provide 38 assists.
However, his form has dipped since moving to Bayern, and he has been plagued by off-field issues. Despite being back in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI, the German club is reportedly willing to sell him, with Chelsea keen to make him their first signing of the summer.
Torres, who controversially moved from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011, winning several trophies during his time at the London club, has warned Mane about the difficulty of fitting in at a big club like Chelsea.
While he insisted he didn’t regret his move, Torres acknowledged that his inconsistent performances meant he was no longer seen as a legend by many Liverpool fans.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Torres said, “It was maybe my fault for not being able to adapt quicker. I had really good moments but I was not consistent. And if you are not consistent at a big club like Chelsea and you are not performing every week then someone will come in and take your position.
“Arriving at a club like that full of stars in the middle of the season, it is very difficult to fit in. Maybe I didn’t find the partnership that I had with [Steven] Gerrard, [Javier] Mascherano, and Xabi [Alonso], but I always said it was my fault. I was old enough to find solutions but I didn’t do it.”
He went on to say, “I’m happy because I won the trophies that I wanted, I played really good football, but I didn’t do it every weekend, so in any big club in the world, if you don’t perform every weekend, then it is not enough.” Mane will have to heed Torres’ warning if he decides to join Chelsea and maintain his reputation with Liverpool fans.
Bayern will reportedly listen to offers for the player, but are thought to want a to recoup the £35 million they paid for him last summer.
Whilst Chelsea must ensure they stay within the laws of financial fair play, following this season’s huge spending spree.