Sunday, October 17, 2021

MANE MAN Liverpool striker Sadio Mane is furious at Chelsea star Edouard Mendy’s “improper” omission of the Ballon d’Or

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LIVERPOOL star Sadio Mane has condemned the decision not to nominate Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for this year’s Ballon d’Or as “inadmissible”.

Mendy, 29, was a revelation at Stamford Bridge after his shocking move from Rennes a year ago.

The Senegalese international played a crucial role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph last season.

And Mendy was named European Goalkeeper of the Year by UEFA in August.

Now he is nominated for this year’s Yachine Trophy.

Named after legendary Russian ace Lev Yashin, the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or in 1963, it will be presented at the upcoming awards ceremony this winter.

However, Senegal’s teammate Mane can’t believe Mendy wasn’t nominated for the grand prize himself.

The Liverpool ace told Onze Mondial: “It is not allowed. I don’t understand it, it’s unfortunate. “

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However, Mendy admits he’s happy just to run for the Yachine Trophy.

He said: “As I said, I am honestly very proud to represent my country among the ten best goalkeepers in the world.

“In a year it will be a very good thing.

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“I’m not resting on my laurels, I have a lot of ambitions, but it’s a good step.

“There will always be debates, whether it’s about me or someone else.

“It’s just the freedom of choice and freedom of expression for journalists and that has to be respected.”

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