Leroy Sane leaves Man City braced for Bayern Munich encore – Simon Bajkowski
It was no surprise to see Leroy Sane completely uninterested in discussing his future with reporters on Tuesday night.
The Manchester City forward does not embrace publicity and almost never takes the time to talk about a routine home win so to hear him after Germany’s win over Estonia shut down any questions about his future was very much in keeping for a very private person.
“I’m going on holiday now,” he told reporters. “Everything else will be seen. That’s it with the questions about Bayern Munich.”
There isn’t too much to say of course. Manchester City remain hopeful that he will follow in the footsteps of almost every first-team player over the past few seasons and sign a new deal at the Etihad, although the latest talks with his representatives haven’t produced any white smoke. Bayern Munich, if they are to be believed, are waiting for a signal from Sane before they approach Pep Guardiola’s club with an official bid.
The figurative ball is in the 23-year-old’s court then; he can decide to try and push through a move to Bayern, sign a new contract in Manchester, or stay without agreeing to an extension.
City are not usually keen on shouting about every twist and turn of a transfer, so if the player has dashed off on holiday without announcing his decision that suits them down to the ground…except it does leave Bayern with the stage to themselves.
Because Sane did not lean towards either club in his curt post-match comment, that is unlikely to deter a Bavarian machine that has been pumping out the platitudes about him with an alarming regularity. Even if many of the players now take a break, you can bet that every living soul at Sabener Strasse will have a view about how Sane can improve the Bundesliga champions for as long as the uncertainty continues.
It isn’t the fault of the forward, and if the club had done enough to convince him of his future at the Etihad then a new deal would have been signed by now – but it does leave City in a position they would rather not be in this summer as one of the established European giants can continue to fuel speculation.
Even if the Blues are proved right and Sane ends up staying at the club for at least another season, they may have to put up with many more public contributions from Munich before they can silence the matter.