Borussia Dortmund

After leaving Liverpool, Sadio Mane sent boxes of chocolates and a photo of himself to 150 members of the staff

Sadio Mane, a forward for Bayern Munich, left Liverpool after six successful years and sent boxes filled with chocolates and a photo of himself to the club’s staff.

The Senegalese international sent 150 boxes to his former club to show his appreciation to staff members from all sectors of the club, according to reports from Christian Falk.

The 30-year-old moved to Bavaria from Anfield this summer for £28.8 million, and after scoring in both of his opening Bundesliga matches, he made an immediate impact at his new club.

Sadio Mané sends 150 packages to the Liverpool employees, Falk wrote on Twitter, revealing Mane’s kind deed.

Everyone receives a a box of chocolate featuring a portrait of Sadio and a handwritten card, from the cleaning lady to the security guard.

You’ll Never Walk Alone, the club’s motto, was written inside each card.

The Senegalese forward spent six trophy-filled seasons with the Reds, winning nearly every trophy that could be won, including the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup.

However, Mane moved to Munich and has already gotten started with his new team after 269 games, 120 goals, and 49 assists.

Mane, who plays alongside players like Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, and Serge Gnabry in the Bundesliga’s elite club, has two goals and a German Super Cup after just three games.

Darwin Nunez, who cost £85 million to replace Sadio Mane at Liverpool, has also made an immediate impact, albeit not always for the right reasons.

He made his Anfield debut on Monday against Crystal Palace after coming on as a substitute in the Reds’ 2-2 season-opening draw with Fulham, where he managed a goal and an assist to salvage a disappointing result.

He headbutted Danish defender Joachim Andersen in the 57th minute, ending his first start in front of the Kop in an unceremonious manner and disqualifying him from the trip to Old Trafford the following week.

Borussia Dortmund

Bynoe-Gittens, Dortmund’s latest jewel, extends contract

Borussia Dortmund has moved quickly to secure the future of Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, the latest exciting young prospect to emerge at the club, after he inspired Dortmund’s comeback at Freiburg on Friday.

The winger came on late and showed no hesitation in running at defenders. Bynoe-Gittens let fly from distance to equalize — his first goal for the club in his fifth league appearance — and he also played a role in the next goal before Dortmund went on to win 3-1.

Dortmund announced Tuesday that it was extending the 18-year-old player’s contract to June 2025, warding off any potential suitors who may have noticed his impact already. His previous deal at Dortmund ran till 2023.

“He has the skills to change games,” Dortmund coach Edin Terzi said of Bynoe-Gittens’ starring role in Freiburg. “He’s a game changer and that’s what I wanted to see from him. Not just that he plays the game, but that he makes the difference. He did that.”

Bynoe-Gittens only turned 18 last week. He joined Dortmund in 2020 from Manchester City, which had coaxed him from Reading in 2018.

Like England forward【】Jadon Sancho before him, Bynoe-Gittens evidently felt his development was better served at Dortmund than at wealthy City which has seen major competition for places since 2008.

In recent years Dortmund has overseen the development of players like Robert Lewandowski, Christian Pulisic, Mario Götze, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, lkay Gündoan, and Gio Reyna, who’s still with the club.

The London-born Bynoe-Gittens made his Dortmund debut in a 6-1 win over Wolfsburg in April and went on to make three more league appearances for the team last season. He also helped Dortmund’s under-19 side win a German title and was part of England’s under-19 team which won the European Championship on July 1.

Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl praised Bynoe-Gittens’ “exciting development” after the player extended his contract on Tuesday.

“Jamie has always excelled with his speed and creativity, and his unpredictability in one-on-ones brings a very special element to our squad at a young age already,” Kehl said. “It’s fun to see how he works on himself and his game. We are far from seeing the end of this development, we will give him the necessary time for it.”

The player told the us website he was grateful for the show of faith from the club.

“It means a lot to me,” Bynoe-Gittens said. “It was always my goal to continue on the path I feel has just started at Dortmund.”

Bayern Munich

FC Bayern: Matthijs de Ligt on his bench press role – "part of the plan"

Matthijs de Ligt was only on the bench at the beginning of all previous Bayern competitive games.

After the brilliant start to the season with two victories against RB Leizpzig (5:3) and Eintracht Frankfurt (6:1), Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann liked one thing above all about the 2:0 win against VfL Wolfsburg – the results were rather unspectacular: the focus defensive performance of his team.

“It’s a good step that we’re keeping a clean sheet,” said Nagelsmann after the game. The Bayern defense of Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard had the Wolfsburg offensive well under control for long stretches of the game.

The designated defense boss was not even on the field against Wolfsburg. Matthijs de Ligt, who was brought in from Juventus Turin for 67 million euros before the season, was only on the bench for 90 minutes. And against Leipzig and Frankfurt it was only enough for him to make two short appearances.

De Ligt still had a training deficit

But according to Nagelsmann, there is nothing unusual about de Ligt’s initial reserve role. He first has to get used to the intensive training at Bayern, the coach recently revealed. In the meantime, de Ligt is said to have caught up on the training deficit.

He had recently commented on his bank location. “The preparation was tough and I can see that I’ve made some progress in terms of fitness,” said de Ligt in an interview with the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

De Ligt is relaxed

The fact that he is currently sitting outside is “part of the plan that we have made,” said the 23-year-old. “The coaches have told me that they want me to train first so I can bring onto the pitch what is expected of a defender at Bayern Munich.”

At the latest when the season before the World Cup in November gets into the hot phase, de Ligt doesn’t worry about having enough playing time. “The games are coming at a crazy pace and it’s going to be a long season. I just have to get and stay super fit.”