'Mane said they don't want him to score'

English Premier League

Former Premier League star Victor Wanyama claims Sadio Mane complained about not receiving the ball enough, whilst suggesting they didn't want him to score.

The reigning African Footballer of the Year arrived in England with Southampton in 2014 in an £11.8-million transfer from Austrian Bundesliga giants Red Bull Salzburg.

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And while he quickly established himself as one of the league's standout performers, Wanyama reveals he struggled at first due to his feeling that he was ostracised by teammate whilst at the Saints.

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"We were like a family under one father [Mauricio] Pochettino but I and Mane forged a bigger brotherhood bond," Wanyama told Madgoat TV.

"At one point, Mane approached me and told me 'hi man, these guys do not want to pass the ball to me, can the two of us play closely.

"They do not want me to score.' I reluctantly agreed and anytime I got the ball I would pass it to him though. I wanted to treat him right since he is a good and nice guy."

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Mane netted 25 goals and registered 14 assists in 75 games for the South Coast outfit before his £34-million switch to Liverpool in June 2016.