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POST TIME: 3 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Sane hasn’t let me down insists Guardiola
AFP

Sane hasn’t let me down insists Guardiola

AFP, MANCHESTER: Pep Guardiola insists he remains happy with Leroy Sane’s attitude despite leaving the forward out of his Manchester City squad for Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle.

Sane has endured a testing few months since winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award in April, having been left out of Germany’s World Cup squad and he has failed to make the starting line-up for any of City’s opening four Premier League games.

It has been widely reported that Guardiola has been unhappy with Sane’s application in training, yet the City manager is unwilling to criticise the player in public.

Instead, he suggested that Sane was omitted solely because he has so many other attacking options.

Asked if he was happy with Sane’s attitude, Guardiola said simply: “Yeah.”

Guardiola compared Sane’s omission from his squad to that of teenage midfielder Phil Foden for last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves.

“In the last game, Phil Foden was not in the squad. I was so sad for Phil, I’m so sad for Leroy now but we have a squad. Sometimes I have to leave players out,” Guardiola said.

“We have six strikers and I decide to play with two strikers. We have two wingers plus another one on the bench.

“That’s why we decided this game: Don’t be there (in the squad), try to work hard again and in the next games he will be ready to play.”

Guardiola’s squad has been weakened by the knee injury to midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who will be out until late November.

He still has a wealth of attacking talent to choose from, but the fact that Sane has played so little football this season remains a surprise.

Guardiola claimed he has had no problems with Sane’s performances when he has been called on as a substitute for City this season.

His most recent appearance was a 13-minute cameo at Wolves.