Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has completed his move to Bayern Munich, was announced on Friday.
Sane signed a five-year contract with the German champions after a € 49 million contract was signed with City. The fee could rise to € 60 million and also includes a 1
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“FC Bayern is a great club with big goals – and those goals suit me,” said Sane. “I’m looking forward to the new challenge and can’t wait to train with the team. I know [Bayern coach] Hansi Flick from the U21 national team, we had a very good relationship there. I want to win as many trophies as possible with FC Bayern and the Champions League is a top priority. “
Sources had told ESPN how Sane City wanted to leave, but he won’t be qualified for Bayern until next season and won’t be in the remaining Champions League games when the competition starts again in Portugal in August.
The 24-year-old has signed a contract worth almost € 22 million a year, almost double the offer to stay at the Etihad Stadium. Sane rejected three City contract offers before deciding to return to the Bundesliga, sources told ESPN.
Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We are very happy to welcome Leroy to Bayern. He is an outstanding player who has demonstrated his qualities in recent years, especially in the national team. Our goal is it to collect the best. ” German players at FC Bayern and the commitment of Leroy underline this goal. I would like to congratulate Hasan Salihamidzic on the successful completion of the transfer. “
Sane moved from Schalke to England in 2016 for £ 37m and played 135 games for City, scoring 39 goals. During four years at the club, he won five major trophies, including two Premier League titles, and was named PFA Young Player of the Year in 2018 ahead of Harry Kane from Tottenham and Marcus Rashford from Manchester United.
City has decided to take advantage of Sane now instead of losing the German international for free next summer. After a knee ligament injury in the Community Shield against Liverpool in August, he was limited to just 11 minutes of Premier League football this season.
City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out a change for Jadon Sancho to replace Sane.
Sancho, who left Etihad Stadium for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and has been linked to Manchester United, has been suggested as a possible replacement, but Guardiola firmly believes that this won’t happen.
“No, no, no, he decided to leave,” Guardiola said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“Why should he choose to come back? When he decided to move to Dortmund, it wasn’t because he would choose to come back later. It wouldn’t make sense. He didn’t want to be here, so he doesn’t.” I don’t want to come back here. “