Nottingham Forest star Moussa Niakhate has told L’Equipe that former Liverpool star Sadio Mane contacted him after his Senegal call-up.

The Reds defender is on the comeback trail after picking up a hamstring injury during game week two.

Niakhate didn’t get on the pitch as Senegal claimed a 2-0 victory over South American outfit Bolivia.

The fact he’s even been called up is a welcome boost for Forest and his return shouldn’t be too far away.

Mane contacted Niakhate
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The 26-year-old signed for the Reds from Mainz during their summer transfer spree, costing the club around £10 million.

Mane was the subject of a big transfer himself in the summer, swapping Anfield for Bayern Munich.

The 30-year-old cost the German champions £35 million and whilst Liverpool struggle to hit top form, the forward is on fire.

He’s scored five goals in 11 games and Niakhate has opened up on a discussion he had with the world-class star.

The Reds enforcer told L’Equipe: “It’s true that Sadio contacted me and it had an impact on me because we know what kind of player he is.

“He’s not only the best African player but he’s one of the best players in the world.

“When a player like that, of that standing, comes to you, it’s something exceptional.

“He asked me if I intended to play for Senegal and if I had the motivation to defend the Lions. 

“Of course, I told him what was on my mind and he received it very well, he was very happy. Behind, he spoke to the coach about it.”

Mane contacted Niakhate and Forest man should now get a confidence boost

The Reds have sorely missed Niakhate over the last few weeks and it would be great to have him back.

Receiving a phone call from a player like Mane should do him the world of good and Forest can only benefit.

Niakhate picking up an unfortunate injury has hampered Forest somewhat and having him back would be massive.

Mane contacted Niakhate
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The player has looked in great form and his pace is something that has been badly lacking since he got injured.

It will be interesting to see if Niakhate plays against Iran on Tuesday afternoon.

If he does, perhaps he could make a Forest return against Leicester when the domestic action resumes.

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