Ederson reveals how he responded to Sadio Mane's apology

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After being kicked in the head and requiring eight stitches on the side of his face to recover, you would forgive Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson if he had felt a little angry about the incident.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane was sent off in the first half of the clash at the Etihad earlier this month when, in an honest attempt to win the ball, his high foot connected with Man City's shot-stopper.

Despite the gruesome nature of the challenge, Ederson has continued to feature for the Sky Blues -initially with the protection of a scrum cap - while Mane has been forced to serve a three-match suspension.

However, the Brazilian doesn't hold a grudge against Mane for the reckless tackle.

After City's 5-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Ederson revealed he received an apology from Mane shortly after the game on September 9.

And he insists there is no bad blood between them.

"Yes, I had contact with him, he sent me a message," he said as per Goal.

"I told him to stay calm, those things happen inside the pitch, it could happen anytime. I told him to not worry and wished him a good season.


"I ended up having a hard hit in the face, but in the same week, I was ready to play in Champions League.

"I felt a strong kick, but I was always conscious. I knew it had been a long cut. I wanted to keep playing but, for medical issues, I couldn't keep playing.

"But I was always conscious, even if I had my face a little bit swollen. But after a week it was normal again."

Fair play. Just a few months into his Man City career, Ederson is proving he has exactly the right, tough mentality to succeed in English football.


Of course, it must be much easier to say you want to play when your teammates are scoring so many goals.

Pep Guardiola's men have become the first team in Premier League history to score five or more goals in three consecutive games.

Their new keeper is extremely confident they can keep this run of form going.

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He added: “I want to highlight the teamwork that we’ve been showing inside the pitch.

“What we work on day-to-day we try to show on matchdays. It’s working well so far.

“My team-mates and I are doing a good job, they’re helping me a lot, I have a lot of confidence and I try to help my team-mates as much as I can.”


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