Sane can become Germany’s Mbappe, claims Timo Werner

Sane can become Germany’s Mbappe, claims Timo Werner

Timo Werner believes Leroy Sane can have a similar impact on the international stage as Kylian Mbappe.

The 22-year-old Germany forward returned to national team duty this month after being infamously omitted from Joachim Low’s squad at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

However, due to the birth of his daughter, he missed their recent friendly against Peru, but Werner feels Sane will become one of the pillars of the international side and, given his playing style, can replicate what Mbappe has shown with France.

“I’ve known him for a long time and played with him in the Under-19s and he always gave everything in games,” he told Bild am Sonntag (via Goal).

“Like Mbappe, he can be a huge weapon with his speed and agility.”

Werner then went on to wax lyrical about World Cup winner Mbappe, whom he believes will replace Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of football.

He added: “He’s just impressive, even though he’s two or three years younger than me. And I’m very young.

“If at some point Messi and Ronaldo should leave, he is certainly one of those who will fill this gap. His potential is breath-taking.

“His speed and ball control are incredible. You have to envy everyone who has him on their team.”

Sane’s international career

A graduate of Schalke’s esteemed academy, the native of Essen has to date made 13 appearances for the German national team, with five of them coming across their last 10 outings, after making his debut against France in November 2015, registering no goals and one assist.

However, he’s only managed to complete the full 90 minutes on four occasions, with the last occurring in a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan last October – the game in which he created his only goal to date.