Leroy Sane has revealed Bayern Munich’s persistence and the offer of a better project were the reasons for him to reject a new contract at Manchester City.
Sane signed up for Munich after a two-year pursuit from the Germany giants last month with Pep Guardiola confirming the winger had rejected a new offer at Etihad. The Citizens earned €49million upfront with €11million in add-ons which could the deal to £54.8m.
The 24-year-old will receive double the money he was on at City after signing a contract worth €22m per year.
However, Sane insists the money was not a factor in making the move, nor was the chance to be Bayern’s new figurehead. Instead, he said he was attracted to Bayern’s plans for the future and impressed by their persistence in trying to sign him.
“It wasn’t easy. Pep Guardiola and this fantastic team were the reason why I moved to Manchester. But I wanted to do something new,” he told SportBild.
“The concept and the plans of FC Bayern were the best match for my ideas. That’s why I came to my decision. The Bayern system really fits me perfectly. Wingers characterize Bayern’s game; that, of course, suits me very well. That was very much a key point for me.”