Leroy Sane expresses his gratitude towards his former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium. After four years in Premier Leauge, German international winger joined Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
A fruitful spell at Etihad Stadium, Sane scored 39 goals in 135 appearances. In 2017–18, after helping City lift the Premier League and EFL Cup. The German was named PFA Young Player of the Year that season.
The 24-year-old clearly has loads of talent to discover with his career, believes that’s the main reason he joined Bayern.
He feels indebted and thankful to City and Guardiola forever, but has told media of a fantastic future.
“I think he improved me a lot. When I came to Manchester City I was 19 and I had just had one full season where I had played here in Germany and there was a lot to improve and in every area.
“I can say I improved in every single area with him, doesn’t matter what it is – technically, the positional game, my whole game changed a lot because of the way he works and how he wants me to play. He brought me onto a completely different level.
“Obviously we won a lot in these four years but Bayern Munich also won a lot! I just had a personal feeling for myself.
“It was not anything about Man City or anything else – because we’d now won everything or I’d now lost the hunger or anything like that. It was just me personally. I just had a feeling and that’s why I came to this decision.” – Sane expressed.
Leroy Sane on joining Bayern Munich:
Repeatedly, Sane was associated with Bayern Munich Bundesliga champions to succeed team icons Franck Ribéry, and Arjen Robben who retired. Sane desires to lead his side to a UCL triumph with the Munich side.
“I thought about it, obviously, and City have the option to win the Champions League. But I made this decision and I’m totally fine with it.
“If City win it, then I’m happy for the club and for all my friends there but this was the way I went. If it really happens [and City win], I don’t think I will suffer with it a lot because I made the decision and nobody else.
“It was hard to say no to the Champions League. For everyone it is a dream to play in that competition. But it made more sense just to come here, to settle in, find a new home and to prepare really good for the next season. Everyone knows how difficult this season was for me.
“I have more time to settle in, to focus on the new team, to work with them and prepare myself really well for the next season. If I had stayed until after August then it would have been harder for me.” – he said.
Leroy Sane on his serious knee injury against Liverpool:
Sane suffered a torn ACL against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield. Which ruled him out of the competition for the majority of the season.
“I can say I am really happy with my knee and how it healed up.
“I have no problems really anymore and I will just try to prepare really well, as best as I can for the first game and at the end we will see if it was enough or not.”