Leroy Sane insists his decision to leave Manchester City was not driven by a loss of hunger at the Etihad Stadium, with the Bayern Munich new boy admitting that Pep Guardiola took his game to a “different level”.
The Germany international winger has headed home after four years in English football.
A productive spell at the Etihad Stadium delivered 135 appearances, 39 goals and two Premier League titles.
Sane still has plenty of potential to unlock in his game at 24 years of age and says that is the reason he has opted to head for the Allianz Arena.
He will be forever grateful to City and Guardiola, but has told reporters of a big career call:
“I think he improved me a lot. When I came to Manchester City I was 19 and I had just had one full season where I had played here in Germany and there was a lot to improve and in every area.
“I can say I improved in every single area with him, doesn’t matter what it is – technically, the positional game, my whole game changed a lot because of the way he works and how he wants me to play. He brought me onto a completely different level.
“Obviously we won a lot in these four years but Bayern Munich also won a lot! I just had a personal feeling for myself.
“It was not anything about Man City or anything else – because we’d now won everything or I’d now lost the hunger or anything [like that]. It was just me personally. I just had a feeling and that’s why I came to this decision.”