Bayern Munich have sought to play down any suggestion that Sadio Mane is feeling unhappy following his summer transfer from Liverpool.
The Senegal international attacker completed a €41 million (£37m/$40m) move to the Allianz Arena, capping up a spectacular six-year career at Anfield in which he won the Champions League and Premier League.
He has found the going tougher than expected in Germany, with five goals in 11 games, and there are allegations that the 30-year-old is already regretting his choice to leave Merseyside for Bavaria.
Bayern, though, are adamant that a superstar performer is happy at making a big career call, with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic telling Bild: “Sadio still needs a little time, he has to get used to the Bundesliga too, but he will.
“I speak regularly with him. I know what it’s like to arrive as a newcomer to a team, in a different country, in a different city, in a slightly different football culture.
“Sadio is in this process, everything will soon be more familiar to him and we will soon see that on the pitch too. He is one of the best players in the world, we will still have a lot of joy with him.”
With Mane not at his best, reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern have gone winless through their last four league games and now find themselves sat fifth in the table.
Harry Kane still a top target
According to sources, FC Bayern Munich’s top recruitment target for the January transfer season is England forward Harry Kane.
The German club was interested in luring the striker away from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, but they were unable to reach an agreement in time.
Bayern Munich recently lost icon Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona and are desperate to acquire a world-class successor.
Kane, who has a skill set similar to Lewandowski, remains a potential long-term replacement.
According to The Sun, the German executives are optimistic in their ability to sign the striker during the January transfer window.
According to multiple media sources, Kane wanted to leave Tottenham in 2021 because he was dissatisfied with the club’s lack of trophies.
He was rumoured to be joining Premier League champions Manchester City, but Spurs’ £150 million asking price was too much for the Etihad club.