Leroy Sane could leave Manchester City this summer after rejecting a new contract, manager Pep Guardiola says.
City have had a contract offer on the table for Sane for some time, but the German is yet to commit his future to the club amid strong interest from Bayern Munich.
Now, Guardiola has confirmed that Sane has told the club he does not intend to sign the contract, meaning he will leave the club either this summer or next. Sane is out of contract next summer, so City would have to sell him in the coming transfer window in order to receive any fee for the winger.
Speaking ahead of City’s clash with Burnley, Guardiola said: “Leroy said he doesn’t want to extend his contract beyond next season, so it means he wants to leave and it will happen this summer or next summer. The club talked to me a few times, he rejected his contract so he wants to play at another club. Leroy has said he’s rejected the contract extension and like everyone knows, and if at the end of the season we get an agreement with both clubs he’ll leave, if not then he’ll stay one more year and then leave at the end of his contract.”
Sane was an unused substitute in the win over Arsenal this week as he made his first matchday squad of the season following his long-term injury.
Asked why the winger didn’t come off the bench, even with five substitutions now possible, Guardiola said: “We are in the first game, the part of the game, the first two games against Arsenal and Burnley. It was so important to get our points to confirm us for qualification. Qualification for the Champions League is like a title, now we are 15 points clear from fifth and it was a good sign to win against Arsenal.
“Leroy was a long time away. He is training without pain and that is a good sign. We have a bigger squad right now, everybody is fit and I am going to take a decision. It depends on many reasons. I depended that moment the way we were training – Bernardo [Silva] and Phil [Foden] played incredibly and they were not selected – I will try to move the team, some will play more than the others and I will try to let them play.”Photo Credit: Getty