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Ilkay Gundogan provides positive update on Sane’s Man City future

By Harry Edwards

Published: 18:30, 6 June 2019

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has not given any impressions of a desire to leave the club, according to team-mate Ilkay Gundogan.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from Man City this summer, with Bayern Munich among the teams reportedly chasing his signature.

Will Leroy Sane leave Man City? Five key things to know…

  1. Leroy Sane has been linked with a move away from Man City this summer.
  2. The German had to deal with a peripheral role at the Etihad last season.
  3. Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are leading the race for his signature.
  4. But Sane’s team-mate, Ilkay Gundogan, believes the 23-year-old has no desire to leave Man City.
  5. Since Sane signed in 2016, only Kevin De Bruyne (36) has recorded more assists for Man City than the German (28).

Joining Man City from Schalke in 2016, Sane has helped Pep Guardiola’s side retain the Premier League title, as well as winning a domestic treble. But the German has had to make do with a more peripheral role this year, causing links with a move away.

Bayern Munich have previously been very vocal in their interest, but Gundogan believes Sane has no desire to leave Man City.

“I don’t know much [about Sane’s situation], only a little,” he told reporters.

“I also talked to him, but he didn’t give me the impression that he really wants to leave. I don’t think Manchester City wants to give him up either.

“Since Leroy still has two years left on his contract, there is no reason to take action.

“Therefore, I am assuming that he will stay and I would of course be happy about that.”

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Draxler: No one is discussing Sane’s future

Gundogan and Sane are joined by Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler in the Germany squad this summer, with Joachim Low’s men looking to take control of their qualifying group for Euro 2020.

And while Draxler believes Sane would be a good addition to Bayern, the 25-year-old admits his team-mates future is not being discussed in the German camp.

“I don’t feel like he is forcing a transfer, but in football anything can happen,” Draxler said.

“I didn’t ask him personally if he’s going or not, but there have been some jokes. I’ve just said to him ‘mia san mia’ (Bayern’s club motto) all the time in the last few days.

“When the media discusses a possible transfer of a great player like him, then you are curious.

“But you have to leave him alone and not ask him personally about what he will do. That would be too much.

“I think he would help Bayern a lot, like every other team in the world. I’m curious to know what will happen, but I think he looks happy at City and doesn’t necessarily want to leave.”