£37m Sane is special talent, says City boss

LONDON • Germany winger Leroy Sane has signed a five-year deal with Manchester City, the English Premier League football club confirmed yesterday.

City tweeted a picture of Sane signing a contract, which is reportedly worth £37 million (S$65.7 million), plus add-ons, after he completed his medical examination in Manchester on Monday.

The 20-year-old said the prospect of playing under new manager Pep Guardiola had helped persuade him to move to Eastlands.

"One of the reasons I decided to join City was Pep Guardiola; he convinced me to come here and that I can continue to progress," Sane told City's website. "I know I will learn a lot under him and now I can take the next step in my career."

If the £37 million fee is confirmed, it will make Sane the most expensive German signing of all time.

The figure seems astronomical given that he has made just 47 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 11 goals and creating seven more, since his debut in Germany's top flight in April 2014.

The fleet-footed forward made the last of his four international appearances for the world champions as a late replacement in last month's 2-0 defeat by hosts France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Guardiola is confident that his new recruit, who scored eight goals in 33 Bundesliga games last season, is tailor-made for the unique demands of the Premier League.

"He is a special talent, and an exciting player that I think our supporters will enjoy watching," the Spaniard said. "He has great technical ability, is comfortable on the ball and there is much to admire about the way he plays football.

"He is fast, enjoys creating chances for others, works hard for the team and scores goals, too. He also has a very positive attitude and will fit in well with our squad."

Sane's arrival continues Guardiola's rebuilding of the City squad following the signings of Nolito, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

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