According to the Daily Mirror, Bayern Munich are ‘growing in confidence’ over the capture of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, with the German’s reluctance to sign a new deal meaning he will likely be sold this summer.
Sane’s arrival from Bundesliga side Schalke in 2016 was heralded as a major coup by City, with the then 20-year-old regarded as one of the game’s finest prospects.
But fast forward a couple of seasons and the German has been unable to prove himself worthy enough of consistently featuring in Pep Guardiola’s starting eleven. With less than two years remaining on his existing contract at the Etihad, it appears City are prepared to cut their losses.
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Despite scoring 10 Premier League goals in each of his last two seasons at the club, there is an element of unfulfilled potential lingering over Sane’s head. On his day the 23-year-old is as feared a winger as any; but those days are often few and far in between. Guardiola prides his teams on their relentless consistency, delivering his detailed game-plans to the tee. The Spaniard has no time for mavericks or those who turn up when and where they want – just ask Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Selling Sane last season would have been deemed unthinkable, but the remarkable progression of his teammate Raheem Sterling has often put the German in the shadows.
Back in February last year, reports from The Telegraph suggested Guardiola tore into Sane at half-time during City’s shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan. It was claimed the former Barcelona boss furious at the winger not pulling his own weight during the clash. For all of the ‘tiki-taka’ side of the game the Spaniard preaches, doing the utmost basics of working hard and working for your teammates is of paramount importance.
It says a lot about Sane’s perceived attitude that almost a year-and-a-half later from that game, those questions about his commitment still persist.
Despite securing back to back Premier League titles, Guardiola will be adamant his side need to keep improving, keep learning and keep moving forward. Club captain Vincent Kompany’s announcement last week was met with an understandable of emotion from City fans, but his departure was another defining moment of the sense of leadership behind the scenes – no room for sentiment and always doing what’s best for the club.
Kompany was heroic in those final few games of the season, but Guardiola’s desire to replace the skipper remained unerring. Selling a 23-year-old hugely talented winger with his peak years still to come might be regarded as bad business by other clubs but with Guardiola at the helm, you know there’s a sense of logic behind the madness.