Bayern Munich confirm they remain interested in Man City’s Leroy Sane: ‘It’s a well-known fact’

Herbert Hainer, president of German giants Bayern Munich, has reaffirmed the club’s interest in the signature of Manchester City star Leroy Sane.

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Rumours linking Bundesliga champions Bayern with a swoop for Sane were rampant last summer.

On the back of a somewhat hit-and-miss campaign at the Etihad, during which explosive wide-man Sane often found himself behind the likes of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva in the attacking pecking order of Pep Guardiola, the 24-year-old was hotly-tipped to make a return to his home country.

The respective Bayern departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, meanwhile, saw reinforcements out wide emerge as a priority for the Bavarian powerhouse ahead of the current campaign.

As such, Sane, on the back of a challenging season, and with past experience of the Bundesliga, looked an ideal fit at the Allianz Arena.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 06: Leroy Sane of Manchester City is closed down by Theo Walcott of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on February 06, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Man City via Getty Images)

Unsurprisingly, however, Manchester City were not ready to give up their German international without a fight.

On his day, Sane still stands as one of the most electrifying wingers in European football, with Citizens boss Guardiola having confirmed in July that the Premier League champions remained hopeful of tying the former Schalke man down to a new deal:

‘We want him to stay and there is an offer waiting to talk with his agents to extend his contract.’

‘He is a guy who I appreciate a lot. I like him a lot. I think he has an incredible gap to be better in terms of being connected in the game.’

‘I have said two or three times that we want him and we want him to stay.’

‘A well-known fact’

As such, in the end, Sane stayed put.

His subsequent start to the new season, though, proved an absolute nightmare.

After being handed a start in the Community Shield versus Liverpool, the winger ruptured his ACL, an injury which has confined him to the sidelines ever since.

This, though, has not brought a halt to the rumours that Bayern remain keen on Sane’s signature.

And, as outlined above, the Bavarians’ hopes of coaxing the Man City star to Munich have now been reaffirmed.

After being drawn on Bayern’s interest in Sane at a fan club event, Bayern president Herbert Hainer explained:

‘Leroy Sane is a great player that we are interested in, which is a well-known fact.’

‘Now we have to see how he comes back after his injury.’

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