The former Oldham attacker, who spent his time in Germany transporting his best friend to practice, has secured a deal with the Bavarian giants.

Desire Segbe Azankpo took Sadio Mane to Sabener Strasse, where Bayern Munich’s training facility is located, every morning up until last weekend.

Azankpo, who is also a striker, sped off as Mane entered the field for practice.

After being released by French third-tier team Dunkerque, Azankpo has been without a club for more than a month. He kept himself occupied by driving a friend to training sessions in Germany.

However, things changed last week when, according to Germany’s Sport Bild, he was offered a two-year deal with Bayern’s resave team, which is led by club veteran Martin Demichelis.

Mane and the Benin striker both developed their talents at Generation Foot in Senegal before moving to Ligue 1 club Metz in 2012.

Azankpo, on the other hand, was relegated to the reserve team and started his journey into the lower tier leagues in France, England, Slovakia, Romania, and Luxembourg while the Senegalese superstar impressed and earned moves to Austria with Red Bull Salzburg before switching to the Premier League with Southampton and Liverpool.

Soon, he will be able to represent Bayern II in the Bavarian regional league, and perhaps someday, he can face off against his friend on the main squad.

Azankpo discussed how they have always been in touch with Mane, who has been full of ambition, in an interview with Lookcharms at the beginning of this year.

“Mane always had lofty goals. He was continuously trying to reach new heights. Like all of us, he is from a low-income background, Azankpo remarked.

We told ourselves that we needed to achieve in order to support the family and take control since there were still starving people, he continued.

Sadio has always had enormous dreams. And I recall how he expressed his desire for the Senegalese selection when he spoke to me about it.

The striker played in the Squirrels squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and has seven caps for Benin.

After six productive years at Liverpool, where he scored 120 goals in 269 games and won the Premier League, Champions League, FA, and League Cups, Mane joined Bayern this summer in a €32 million transfer.

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