There has been a summer long courtship of Leroy Sane by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich which has become increasingly monotonous.
Sane has responded by maintaining radio silence and almost gleefully refusing to rubbish the rumours. As Manchester City fans we all know exactly what is going on here. Sane, through his agents, is attempting to maximise his income, much as any of us would if we were in a similar situation.
Or at least that is the expected rhetoric. If it was me being offered a brilliant contract to stay at Manchester City then I would. To be honest though, I would play for free.
And that of course is the difference. Sane does not care too much for City, although it pains me to say it. He will no doubt feel some loyalty and will respect the progress he has made.
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But he will not be feeling indebted in any way. He is not a fan and so it is difficult to believe he would consider a possible contract extension at City in any kind of emotional way.
Rather he will weigh up the pros and cons for his career and family and may well choose to go and be a big fish in a different, but somewhat smaller and more insular pond. Good luck to him if thats the case.
Sane is my daughter’s favourite player, and at the Etihad I see plenty of young kids wearing his name with pride on their shirts. The fact they may all get to taste the bitter hardship of their favourite player moving on may not be an altogether bad thing. Indeed, I have recently come to terms with Dennis Tueart leaving!
Leroy moving on will be hard for some fans, but I am at the stage where my patience is wearing a little thin. I geninely think he has the talent to be like Thierry Henry and tear the League apart, if he could just apply himself and concentrate more.
Yet, regardless of his attributes I am tired of his unwillingness to publicly committ himself to City. The way in which he is seeking to keep both City and Bayern hanging on is leaving a sour taste with me.
I am at the stage where I would be happy if he left as long as he did it soon.
It goes without saying I am annoyed at Bayern and their classless recruitment techniques so believe we should be saying to Sane he can go if the price is met, and the price is the same as Coutinho.
If no one is willing to pay the asking price then I would hope City would be publicly saying so and that we would hold Leroy to his contract even if that means his wages are much surpassed by others.
Not that Leroy will be bothered in the least, but he has burnt some bridges with me. Even if he signed a new contract with us I feel there would be an after taste. He is player I would clap and cheer, but he is in danger of sullying his City reputation.
Maybe it is time for Leroy to move on after all.