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Leroy Sané thanks Pep Guardiola after Bayern move:
'I'm grateful for everything he taught me'

By Rune Gjerulff

Leroy Sané claims he didn't leave Manchester City for Bayern München because of problems with Pep Guardiola.

Leroy Sané.
Leroy Sané.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

New Bayern München signing Leroy Sané says he's grateful to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for everything he taught him during the four years they worked together at the Etihad Stadium.

In an interview with Sport Bild, Sané dismisses speculation that part of the reason why he wanted to leave Manchester City was that he couldn't get along with Guardiola.

"Our relationship is good. There was never a point where we couldn't stand each other anymore. I'm grateful for everything he taught me. Pep Guardiola has taken me to a very high level. He is very meticulous and wants to take the players further every day. When it comes to his tactics, he's persistent - but that's positive, that helped me," Sané said.

"It wasn't easy. Pep Guardiola and this fantastic team were the reason why I moved to Manchester. But I wanted to do something new. The concept and the plans of FC Bayern were the best match for my ideas. That's why I came to my decision," he added.

Prior to his move to Germany, Sané had a long talk with Bayern München coach Hansi Flick, and the winger is looking forward to playing under the 55-year-old.

"I know Hansi Flick from the under-21 national team. I'm aware of how he works, and I know his personality. It's a very good fit. We talked about what he expects from the team and me, the club's objectives and the work ahead of us in general. I'm really happy that Hansi Flick is going to be my coach. That was a very good phone call," the 24-year-old explained.

Sané made a total of 135 appearances for Manchester City, racking up 39 goals and 45 assists.

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