Leroy Sane denies bust-up with Pep Guardiola

    Leroy Sane has played down talks about his bust-up with Pep Guardiola in the months preceding his transfer from Manchester City to Bayern Munich

    Sane completed a long-awaited return to his homeland with Bayern Munich earlier this month, signing a five-year contract with the reigning Bundesliga champions.

    Despite continuous attempts from the Manchester City chiefs to lure the 24-year-old winger into signing a new deal over the past 12 months, Sane joined the ‘Bavarians’ in a massive £55million deal in early July.

    Before leaving the Etihad for good, the former Schalke man had endured an injury-riddled season, making an 11-minute cameo appearance in a 5-0 demolition of Burnley back in June.

    But, in some previous seasons, Sane was unhappy with Guardiola’s constant rotations that had often seen the German star struggled for regular first-team action.

    Although such circumstances led to speculations about an altercation between the two, Sane has refused to acknowledge those rumors.

    “Our relationship is good,” he said, as relayed by the Mirror. “There was never a point when one was tired of the other, and I am grateful for everything he taught me.

    “Pep Guardiola helped me to a very high level. He is very meticulous and wants to advance the players every day.

    “He is persistent when it comes to his tactics – but that’s positive, it helped me. We even lived in the same building, so we saw each other often.

    “It was not easy for me [to leave]. Pep Guardiola and his fantastic team were the reason why I moved to Manchester.

    “But it was in my head that I wanted to do something new.

    “FC Bayern’s concept and plans best matched my ideas. That’s why I came to my decision.”

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