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Kingsley Coman: arrival of Leroy Sané not a problem

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Far from viewing Sané as a threat to his own status, Bayern’s Kingsley Coman welcomes the signing as good for the team.

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Coman had an outstanding game against Bayer Leverkusen, here scoring against Lucas Hradecky, June 6, 2020.
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In a video interview with Sport Bild, Kingsley Coman dismissed out of hand speculation that he might view the seemingly imminent arrival of Leroy Sané from Manchester City as a threat to his own status at Bayern Munich.

Coman said, “When I came to FC Bayern, we had Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa, and me. And I was still a young player with the legends Ribéry and Robben in front of me! So you can see that it’s not a problem for me.”

Coman emphasized the importance of the signing for the team: “It’s better for the team if there are many players on this level. If Sané came, that wouldn’t be a problem! Unless the club tells me that they don’t need me anymore.” Coman added, “But I think the club knows what it has in me. The situation with Leroy Sané has nothing to do with my own future.”

Coman’s contract, like that of now Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, and other pillars of the team, runs until 2023. He is in no rush to change things. “I’m under contract until 2023. That means: we have time. I’d like to play the season out, and then, in the summer, I can think about my situation — what I want to do, what decision is good.”

Coman also shared his thoughts about the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, with which Bayern Munich, both individually and as a club, has expressed solidarity:

“I closely follow what is happening in the world. I know what movements there are,” Coman said. “We should listen to what the people in the street have to say now. BUT: we should do that not just now, but all year long. This topic is always relevant for society, not just right now. I always try to stay engaged and support these people.”