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“The first impression was not good” – Guardiola provides Sane injury update amid Bayern links

By Ben Green

Published: 12:56, 5 August 2019

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his initial impression of Leroy Sane’s injury which forced him off in the Community Shield “was not good” but believes the winger “will be OK”.

The Germany international started English football’s annual curtain raiser in fine form but a collision with Trent Alexander-Arnold brought an end to his Wembley appearance in only the tenth minute.

Could fresh injury impact his Bayern move? Five things to know…

  • Sane has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich this summer.
  • Bavarian boss Niko Kovac has made no secret of his desire to secure the City winger.
  • Bayern are in need of wide players since the departure of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
  • It is believed Bayern are on the cusp of completing a deal for the German.
  • But a long-term injury problem could scupper any deal, though the extent of Sane’s injury is not known.

Bayern Munich have been heavily associated with a move for Sane and there are wide reports suggesting the 23-year-old is on the brink of completing a gargantuan move to the Allianz Arena.

However, any potential transfer could collapse should the extent of Sane’s injury prove far worse than post-match suspicion, with Guardiola suggesting he thinks the current City wide-man “will be OK” despite initial concerns.

He said: “The first impression was not good, but I think it is not bad. Honestly, I don’t know. I will wait, we will wait, but I think he will be OK.”

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‘Man Utd with Harry Maguire are a contender’

Guardiola also gave his thoughts on the upcoming Premier League season, outlining how bitter rivals Manchester United will be a force to reckon with once Harry Maguire completes his record-breaking move from Leicester City to Old Trafford.

He stated: “I don’t know if it will be like last season, two real contenders, I think United with Harry Maguire and the other players, Arsenal too, Chelsea and Tottenham.

“I think there will be many, many contenders this time.”