24-year old German winger Leroy Sané has completed his move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City. Sané has signed a five-year contract dating to June 30, 2025, with the Bavarians.
Speculations about Sané joining Bayern became prominent in 2019 but a deal did not materialise as Bayern were unwilling to pay the fee Manchester City were asking for. But as Sané decided to not sign an extension of his contract with City which ends in June 2021, the Manchester-based club had to let him go to prevent him from leaving on a free transfer. His transfer to Bayern became a matter of time when Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola expressed his frustration to the media saying that Sané will not sign a new contract and is set to leave.
According to reports, the transfer fee, which is still undisclosed, is around 45 million Euros without add-ons.
"FC Bayern is a great club with big goals - and these goals suit me as well. I'm looking forward to the new challenge and can't wait to train with the team. I know Hansi Flick from the U21 national team, we had a very good relationship there. I want to win as many trophies as possible with FC Bayern, and the Champions League is the top priority," Sané said in a Bayern Munich statement.
FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, "We are very happy to welcome Leroy Sané to FC Bayern. He is an outstanding player who has proven his qualities over the past few years, especially in the national team. Our goal is to gather the best German players at FC Bayern and the signing of Leroy emphasises this goal."
Sané will be eligible to play for Bayern Munich from the 2020-21 season and will start preparing for it from next week.
Sané had joined Manchester City from Schalke 04 for 50.5 million Euros in 2016 and has featured in 135 games for the Citizens, scoring 39 goals. He won two Premier League, one FA Cup and three League Cup titles under Pep Guardiola at Manchester.