Bayern Munich signed Leory Sané from Manchester City around two months ago after an exhausting transfer saga and now fans around the world are looking forward to see the club’s new No. 10 in action. The new season of the Bundesliga will begin mid-September and ahead of the kick off, Sané sat down to discuss his new life at Die Roten with Magazine 51.
Sané’s words were reassuring and definitely what all the fans would want to hear right now. He gave a bit of an assurance — and he sounded confident, indeed — to everyone who is looking forward to watch him play the coming season, “I want to get the fans excited. My aim is always to do my best in every game for the team and the people out there. The fans should have fun when they watch us on the pitch. And, of course, I want to clock up as many wins and titles as possible. Never give up, always keep going, always stay hungry – that’s all important to me.”
With Serge Gnabry and Sané taking over for Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben, the future of the club looks promising. The 24-year-old looks self-assured to follow the footsteps of legendary players like Uli Hoeneß, Lothar Matthäus and Arjen Robben by wearing Bayern’s number 10 jersey.
“I can handle pressure and I’m not the type to get wound up easily”, he said. “It’s a number with a great history and great players have worn it before me. It’s an honor to wear the shirt. But I chose the number consciously to make a statement that I’ve come here to accept responsibility. I have big goals with FC Bayern – and I want to show that people can completely rely on me.”
One of the many things that makes Bayern special is the feeling of family within the club. It was the combined effort of all the members of the management that made Sané’s transfer possible. He explained how he felt about the meetings he had with club members, including former president Uli Hoeneß, before joining the club:
“Everybody knows that Uli Hoeneß has played a huge role at FC Bayern – and he’s still important. It was an honour to visit him, and I think you can feel what’s special about FC Bayern at meetings like that. When you’re at somebody’s home it feels different compared with being in a restaurant for example.”
“It was important for me to feel that Uli Hoeneß backed my move to Munich – and it was equally important with the other decision-makers, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Hasan Salihamidžić, Oliver Kahn and Herbert Hainer. The Bayern players already explained the family feeling at this club to me beforehand. I’ve been here a few weeks now and I can already confirm that”, he added.
Sané watched Bayern lift the treble from the gallery this season and he is looking forward to be the one lifting them for the club in the coming seasons. He said, “I’d like to play a key role at one of the biggest clubs in the world. And I haven’t won a trophy in Germany yet – I think we ought to change that (smiles).”
Will Sané be able to live up to our expectations? He thinks he will be.