Pep Guardiola has revealed that Leroy Sane’s contract has nothing to do with his playing time for Manchester City.
The German winger has not been as regular for the Etihad based outfit this season as he was last term. He was omitted from the starting lineup of the Champions League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night once again, along with Kevin De Bruyne.
When asked about the 23-year-old’s situation at City, Guardiola said, “I have said many times how important Leroy has been for us in good or bad moments. He knows the reason why he hasn’t played lately.
“We spoke often with him – myself and my people – on and off the pitch and we want the best. Of course, there is competition from the other ones, and in some specific games we need it, and in some specific games, I prefer a type of player to have more control. But my admiration and trust with him is intact. It’s there, but I always want more.”
Sane’s contract is set to end in the summer of 2021. City are planning to extend his deal for longer.
“[Ilkay] Gundogan would not play if that was a reason why,” Guardiola added. “Gundogan has one year left and doesn’t want to extend so he would not play and he plays – ahead of Kevin De Bruyne. I take the decisions on the pitch, what I believe in that moment, what I feel, and take a decision. I know how it works.”
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