Sadio Mane has chosen the squad number he will wear for Bayern Munich following his high-profile move from Liverpool.
The 30-year-old forward joined Bayern Munich in a £35 million move (per BBC Sport) after spending six incredibly successful seasons with the Reds. There, he was prolific in whichever position across the front three Jurgen Klopp asked him to play.
The Bundesliga champions announced over the weekend on Twitter that Mane will wear the number 17 jersey, which on the face of it appears to be a completely random choice.
Mane wore 10 during his time at Liverpool, but that number has already been taken by winger Leroy Sane. Bavarian Football Works claims that Sane’s father had suggested that the former Manchester City forward would be willing to offer his shirt number to Mane, but it never came to pass.
The announcement of the Senegalese international’s pick also ended rumors that suggested that he could take 7 or 9, which belong to Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski. Both these players have been linked with moves away from the Allianz Arena this summer.
Sadio Mane takes the number 17 shirt that has been vacated at Bayern Munich by Michael Cuisance, who left the club in January to join Italian side Venezia.