Leroy Sane was on the verge of signing a contract at Bayern Munich. Then, Pep Guardiola called him. In our exclusive Interview, Sane talks about Guardiola, his rise and his goals with Manchester City.
WELT AM SONNTAG: Leroy, how would you describe your life at the moment?
Leroy Sané: In footballing terms, everything is working out really well. Im happy. The players and the coaches are a perfect match. You can see that on the pitch. Winning the player of the month-award was a great honour, too. I consider it to be a recognition of my work and my development. I feel I have arrived in Manchester.
WELT AM SONNTAG: And in private life, too?
Sané: Yes. During the first seven months I lived in a hotel. Its really hard to find an apartment here. In 2017, I moved in an apartment in the city centre. I really like it. I live in the same building as Ilkay.
WELT AM SONNTAG: Ilkay Gündogan, your German teammate?
Sané: Exactly. I sometimes just take the elevator and arrive in front of his apartment. We chill together or go out for dinner with other teammates.
WELT AM SONNTAG: Do you live by yourself?
Sané: Yes, but my family visits me nearly every match. Especially at the beginning, when my mother often came to visit me in Manchester. It really helped me to settle in.
Sané: I can get everything I need here. I can go shopping, I can go out with friends in the evening and the people are very relaxed. That’s different to life in Germany where people on the street sometimes run straight towards you. Britons are very respectful – if they want to take a photo, they ask politely. Everything is a little bit quieter here.
WELT AM SONNTAG: Do you like it that way?
Sané: It depends on the situation. Im not against photos. But perhaps not during eating.
WELT AM SONNTAG: Do you miss your old home, the German Ruhrpott region?
Sané: What do I miss about Ruhrpott? I sometimes miss the language, but mostly I miss the people. When I have time, I sometimes fly home and visit my old friends. That’s good for me.
WELT AM SONNTAG: In the beginning, you had some difficulties in Manchester. You were a substitute player. Is it true that you are a bit of a sloppy genius?
Sané: A sloppy genius? No, why?
WELT AM SONNTAG: Pep Guardiola said at the beginning of the season that you didnt deserve to start because of your training performance.
Sané: Pep always demands that we perform with 100 percent and that we really concentrate. Maybe I was lacking some of this at the beginning. I had to prove myself to Pep. After several months I managed to turn things around.