He may be left-footed on the pitch, but in his first interview as a Bayern Munich player Leroy Sané started out on the right one. Speaking in depth to Bild (Wednesday print edition), Sané covered a lot of ground. One thing that stood out most, however, was his express willingness to collaborate with fellow wingers Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry to achieve their common goals.
Sané acknowledged that Bayern’s particular playing style was a major factor in his decision to join. “The Bayern system really fits me perfectly,” he said. “Wingers characterize Bayern’s game; that of course suits me very well. That was very much a key point for me.”
Another major factor was Bayern’s new head coach Hansi Flick, whom Sané knows from the U-21 national team. Sané described a telephone conversation they had before he came to Munich. “We talked about what he expects of the team and of me, what the goals are, what the work looks like in general,” he said, concluding, “I was delighted that Hansi Flick will be my coach. That was a very good phone conversation.”
A burning question on the mind of many Bayern fans is how Sané will fit in with the wingers who are already on the team, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry. At Manchester City, Sané reportedly became frustrated with Pep Guardiola, among other things, because the latter came to prefer others on the left wing. At Bayern, however, Sané says he embraces rotation.
He told Bild, “Of course I want to play, but I don’t demand to start every match. No player in the world can play every match and reach his highest level. I have my goals, but I’m zero-point-zero percent against rotation. It helps the team get some good freshness, give new impulses.”
“Serge, King, and I: that sounds very good to my ears!” Sané concluded. Sounds good to us, too.