German winger and attacking midfielder Leroy Sané has left Manchester City after three seasons to join the powerhouse of his home country’s league, FC Bayern Munich, on a five-year deal. The fee has not yet been disclosed.
Sané joins Bayern Munich after a four-year stint in Manchester that saw him win the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2017-18, the award that goes to the best player in the English Premier League under the age of 23. He won the Premier League in back-to-back seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and in the latter one, scored the most important goal of that season. In the second matchup against rival Liverpool, he scored a shot off the right post that gave Man City a 2-1 win and that goal would prove to be the difference as Man City edged out Liverpool by one point for the Premier League title. He helped lead Man City to the treble that season as well and in total, won five English regular season trophies in his two best seasons with the club. However, this past season, he tore his ACL in preseason and Man City has suffered as a result as they were swept by rivals Manchester United and trail Liverpool by 25 points in the current Premier League table.
In Germany, he joins a Bayern Munich team four points in first place in the current Bundesliga table, and a team looking for wing replacements. Legendary wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben have retired and they are looking for those to take their places. Serge Gnabry, Corentin Tolisso and Ivan Perisic have stepped up, but that position doesn’t have the star power it once did. Sane has that potential since he is 24 and has been successful. However, he is coming off a serious injury and has received criticism for his effort throughout his career.
In Germany, he was left off the 2018 FIFA World Cup 23-man squad in favor of Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Julian Brandt. This would backfire on Germany as they played without much creativity or speed and were bounced out of the group stage by South Korea.
He joins a Bayern squad still loaded with talent and if he works hard, he can really excel at Bayern Munich. “In my opinion, he has not yet broken out as an absolute top player,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. “That’s a player, I think, who is at the crossroads. Will he continue to work hard or will he continue to be just an extraordinary talent. He has to be ready to take the next big step, because there is no use in flashing the talent from time-to-time.”
Sane has received criticism throughout his career, especially from his home country of Germany. Now, he has a chance to prove all of them wrong and help usher in a new glorious era of Bayern football.