In a guest appearance on Sport1’s talk show Doppelpass, Bayern Munich Chairman of Executive Board Karl-Heinz Rummenigge took some time to comment on Leroy Sane.
It was yet another tough night for the Germany winger, who is enduring a rocky start to life in Munich. After being dropped from the starting-XI in Bavarians’ second top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash, Sané was substituted for an injured Kingsley Coman at the 32nd minute, only to be replaced by Jamal Musiala, some 36 minutes later.
Despite Hansi Flick confirming that the substitution was made out of tactical necessity, German and English media are having a time of their lives, labelling the incident as “maximum penalty” and “humiliation” enacted on Sané from his coach.
Nevertheless, Die Roten boss Rummenigge made it clear that the club will, either by hook or crook, help him get back to those “inSané” levels.
“God gave him incredible talents. He can dribble and has an incredible left foot,” KHR praised the young German, before explaining what’s holding his progress back. “I don’t think he’s really got into that FC Bayern gene yet.”
Rummenigge further illustrated his point by bringing up vice-captain Thomas Muller’s case. Fan favorite Raumdeuter was never a mega talent, but he climbed to Europe’s top with hard work and the use of intelligence.
Against Bayer Leverkusen, assistant coach Müller delivered Meister of the match performance for his side, dictating plays and marshalling his teammates up and down the pitch in his typical fashion.
“Thomas Müller marched yesterday. But he’s not as blessed with talent as Leroy Sané. So, he has to work on those talents now. That’s his job,” Rummenigge appealed.
After Manchester City, Sané couldn’t have transferred to a better place at this particular stage of his career. He has no shortage of support; with Müller and Robert Lewandowski’s post-match statements being a testament to this, and has received six months of leeway at a top club like Bayern.
Now it’s time for the 24-year-old to justify his hefty transfer fees as well as the mountains sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić had to move to convince him of the FC Bayern project.
“We put everything on the line for him to come to Bayern. He has to show that now! He has to adapt his character to FC Bayern. The team will not adapt to his character.” Kalle told Sport1.
“We will support him, but also — if necessary — kick his ass,” Rummenigge declared.