Per a new report by England-based outlet The Metro, the German international is reconsidering a potential move to Bayern, and is now leaning towards extending his contract with Manchester City. His current contract with City is set to expire at the end of June in 2021 and negotiations for a new contract have yet to take place even though Pep Guardiola and City’s coaching staff would like to keep Sane. The Metro report that Sane also feels a certain degree of gratitude towards City and their rehab coaches in particular for the devoted treatment and care they’ve given him during his recovery and rehabilitation process.
Guardiola is looking forward to having Sane back to full fitness, potentially on time for their Champions League round of 16 clash against Real Madrid. While it’s still uncertain at this point whether or not he will be available for those matches, the City boss struck an optimistic tone when he was asked about it:
I think he is close. I spoke with him two days ago and he said to me he is training alone with the ball, he is doing incredibly well. His knee looks really good so I don’t think it is going to take too much time to come back to train with us. I think in the next few weeks he can come back.
The Sane transfer saga has gone on for what seems like ages, but just hours after the report surfaced from The Metro, Christian Falk gave the news his infamous “flex” treatment by saying the claims from the British outlet weren’t true:
At this point, since Bayern has already ruled out a winter transfer for Sane, the transfer poker between both City and Bayern will ultimately come down to where the German international sees a brighter future. Before his injury, he wasn’t playing nearly as much as he would’ve liked for City, but in the next few seasons, he still might have a better chance of winning the Champions League with City.
Not to mention, City have had significant injury problems this season, which would likely give Sane more consistent minutes once he returns to full fitness. At Bayern, though, he could become the star player in the squad and he would most certainly be guaranteed more consistent minutes than Guardiola might be able to promise him if he were to renew his contract with City for a couple of seasons.