Sadio Mane has had an incredible 2019.
The Senegalese international has been a key part of Liverpool's success in the past year.
He's now considered one of the best players in the world following his fourth place finish in the 2019 Ballon d'Or.
Of course, nearly every team in the world would love to have Mane in their ranks.
And one team that has continuously been linked with a move for the 27-year-old is Real Madrid.
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Los Blancos were linked with a move for Mane back in May, although a summer move never materialised.
With the January transfer window now open it hasn't taken long for those same rumours to start again.
Real Madrid are looking for a new attacker with Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez both looking likely to leave the club.
And, according to French outlet Le10 Sport, Real Madrid have reportedly made contact with Mane and his representatives over a summer move to the club.
It is even touted that Zinedine Zidane has spoken directly to Mane over a transfer.
It's not surprising that Mane's name is being linked with elite clubs such as Real Madrid. He's good enough to play for any club in the world.
But you have to doubt the reliability of this report. It's highly unlikely that Mane has spoken to Real Madrid mid-season.
But, even if that part is true, why would he want to leave Liverpool?
They won the Champions League just seven months ago and were recently named world champions.
The Reds are also on course to win their first Premier League title.
They have an incredible team, featuring some of the world's best players, and in Jurgen Klopp they also arguably have the world's best manager.
Why would Mane want to give all that up?
He also said just a few months ago that he wants to stay at Liverpool 'forever'.
"I’ve been at a few clubs in the world but Liverpool is unique," Mane told TV2 in October, per the Metro.
"I think here is a little bit like family. The mood is always incredible.
"I always enjoy being here. Forever… hopefully."
But even if Mane has had a change of heart, Real Madrid will surely have to stump up a fee well into three figures to convince Liverpool to do business.
So breathe easy Liverpool fans, the chances of this report being true and Mane leaving the Reds is very, very slim.News Now - Sport News