Leroy Sane, the Bayern Munich winger, says that he was unfairly put in the “bling-bling drawer” and will take criticism as an incentive to realize his potential.
After joining the European champions on a five-year deal from Manchester City in July for a fee of EUR 49million, which could increase to EUR 60m, Sane was unable to hit the ground running at Bayern.
Before returning to his homeland, the winger missed almost the entire 2019-20 season with City due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Last month, Bayern Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warned Sane to show more desire and said Bayern would be prepared to “kick his butt” if necessary to get the best out of their signing with big money.
Since then, Sane has taken his goal tally to seven for the season, while also providing five assists in 21 games, and this week Rummenigge rubbished suggestions that the 25-year-old could be sold this year by the Bundesliga leaders.
The great Lothar Matthaus of Bavaria and Germany said the Bavarian giants should have signed Timo Werner rather than Sane before moving forward to Chelsea in Germany.
Sane insists that individuals have the wrong impression of him.
“You are welcome to come to my house and see if there are real diamonds, gold chains, and stuff like that lying around. I don’t own any of these. Still, people put me in this bling-bling drawer.”You are welcome to come to my house to see if there are real diamonds, gold chains and things like that lying around. I don’t own any of these. Still, people put me in this bling-bling drawer.
He added: “I have the feeling that people look at me differently than others. I provide people with material like this, even though I don’t want to. So of course I have to question myself.”
Sane took note of the criticism of Rummenigge and vowed to pay back the faith Bayern had shown in him.
“I’m working very hard to get there [back to his best].”I am working very hard to get [back to his best] there. “I just have to prove myself at Bayern.
I know the club is behind me, otherwise I would not have been taken away by them. I take this criticism as an incentive, too.
Sane also said that after he was overlooked for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he had no problem with German coach Joachim Low, even though he defined the snub as a “hard blow” to take.
“The national coach had his reasons and I always had a good relationship with him. After the World Cup, he came to me and said that I should continue like this. That he believes in me. That was the end of the topic for me.”