Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confessed the future of Leroy Sane is out of his control as Bayern Munich links intensify.
Sane, 23, has two years remaining on his present deal at the Etihad and is yet to commit to an extension of his contract, sparking concern in the North West.
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- Despite flourishing in 2017/18, Sane started just 21 league matches last season and is linked with a move away.
- Bayern are frontrunners in the race, having recently lost wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
- Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently suggested Guardiola was in the dark over their pursuit of Sane.
- Manager Niko Kovac has also weighed in, calling Sane their “dream player”.
- Guardiola has now conceded that the future of his winger is no longer in the hands of City.
The Bavarian giants have made no secret of their desire to lure Sane back to the Bundesliga, with manager Niko Kovac recently revealing the club’s hierarchy are doing “everything to realise this transfer”.
And while Guardiola has remained steadfast that Sane will not leave the club in the past, he has now conceded the future of his pace specialist is no longer in his hands.
Speaking after City thrashed Hong Kong side Kitchee 6-1, in which Sane bagged a brace, Guardiola stated: “He did a good game, especially in the second half.
“He is a guy who we appreciate, I like him a lot. I think he can be better. Two times, three times I said: we want him to stay.
“That’s why he has an offer to extend his contract. It’s not in our hands. The agreement is good and if he wants to leave, I’ll be sad. Hopefully, he stays.”
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Bayern’s “dream player”
Looking to fan the flames on a potential transfer and possibly even attempting to avert Sane’s attention away from last season’s treble-winning City, Kovac gave his two cents on Bayern’s attempts to secure the Essen-born winger, calling him the Bavarian’s “dream player”.
In an interview with German publication Sport Bild, the Croatian said: “Our bosses have shown him a clear plan.
“We are very focused, Leroy knows what to expect here, and when a player with such capacity comes to FC Bayern, he knows his job.
“You can see that the transfer is not easy. But I know that our people are working very hard to make it happen. We will do everything to realise this transfer.
“We all know that Leroy Sane is our dream player. The public knows that, we know that.”