Bayern Munich are sacking Sadio Mane’s best friend Desire Segbe Azankpo, just a month after jettisoning the £35million ex-Liverpool flop to Saudi Arabia… after signing “one of the worst Oldham strikers of all time” last year
- Bayern Munich have agreed to terminate Desire Segbe Azankpo’s contract
- He joined last year in a bizarre move reportedly linked to his friend Sadio Mane
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Bayern Munich have confirmed the departure of former Oldham Athletic flop Desire Segbe Azankpo, officially ending Sadio Mane’s influence at the German giants.
Last summer, former Liverpool star Mane moved to Bayern and was reportedly instrumental in securing a deal for his childhood friend at Bayern II.
Segbe Azankpo was a success in the second team, scoring just 36 seconds after his debut and finishing the season with 12 goals in 28 games.
But when Mane’s departure from Bayern was confirmed on August 1, it left a cloud of uncertainty over Segbe Azankpo’s future at the club. and Bild report that both parties have agreed to terminate the contract.
However, the 30-year-old former Oldham striker will immediately move to a new club. The former Benin youth international has signed a one-year contract with Belgian second division side RFC Seraing after they finished bottom of the top flight last season.
Bayern Munich have agreed to terminate Desire Segbe Azankpo’s contract after one year
Segbe Azankpo was a success in Bayern’s second team, scoring 12 goals in 28 games
His friend Sadio Mane, said to be the key to signing the deal last year, left Bayern and moved to Al-Nassr
Halil Altintop, the sporting director of Bayern Campus, said: “Desire came to us with the request to terminate his contract for personal reasons. After a few discussions, we quickly fulfilled his wish.
“We got to know Desire as an exemplary professional who helped our young team on and off the pitch.” “We wish him all the best for his future in Belgium, both sportingly and personally.”
Segbe Azankpo and Mane, 31, graduated from the Generation Foot Academy in Senegal together and have maintained a close relationship ever since.
Mane previously helped bring his childhood friend into Metz’s B team as the Senegalese player built his career with the French side.
Segbe Azankpo moved to League Two Oldham for the 2019–2020 season, but scored just four goals in 28 appearances, frustrating the club’s die-hard fans, who described him as “one of the worst Oldham strikers of all time”.
Mane moved to Bayern from Liverpool last summer and was considered a key factor in recruiting Segbe Azankpo to Bayern’s B team.
Mane had a turbulent season with the German giants, marred by a physical altercation with team-mate Leroy Sane, before leaving Bayern for Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr for £34million in August.
After leaving FC Bayern, he signed a contract with Belgian second division club RFC Seraing
Segbe scored four goals in 28 games for League Two Oldham in the 2019–20 season