Manchester City’s £42million summer signing Leroy Sane is ‘ready to play’ ahead of this weekend’s Manchester Derby, according to the club’s official Twitter account and website.
The 20-year-old attacker joined from FC Schalke during the summer after two impressive seasons with the German outfit, but is yet to make his Manchester City debut.
"I’m ready to play" – @LeroySane19 ????
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 8, 2016
With striker Sergio Aguero suspended for his horrific elbow on West Ham’s Winston Reid, however, the young German international could he handed an opportunity to shine as City make the short journey across Manchester to Old Trafford this Saturday.
In an interview released by the club, Sane said: “It’s going to be exciting and I hope I can play some part and help us bring back three points.
“It will be tough. I think both sides will play their own game, keep the ball and look for openings and the team that plays the best football will probably win and we intend that to be us.”
Pep Guardiola is now faced with a tough decision ahead of his biggest fixture at the City helm so far, as he chooses who will start in attack in the absence of the Argentinian hitman.
While youngster Kelechi Iheanacho was terrific last season and is a natural striker, it could be that the City gaffer gives his new mega-money signing the start he craves instead via a slight reshuffle in the final third.
Sane scored 9 goals in all competitions for Schalke last season and was part of Joachim Loew’s Germany squad for Euro 2016.
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