By Oliver Trust
BERLIN, July 23 (Xinhua) — German international Leroy Sane is confident of Bayern Munich’s ability to take this season’s Champions League title.
“It’s always a challenge to win the campaign containing the top European sides, but Bayern has the quality to cross the line first,” the new arrival said in a recent Xinhua interview.
The 24-year-old admitted to being impressed by the “special atmosphere” surrounding the 2013 treble winners. “I know most of my teammates from the national team and my time with Schalke 04,” he said.
Sane said he sees a realistic chance to win the Champions League with the 30-time Bundesliga champions, and is keen to become a part of Bayern’s new generation alongside Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Serge Gnabry, Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka.
“I felt it was time for a new challenge. I wanted to take the next step after my instructive time with Pep Guardiola and a great team in Manchester,” Sane commented.
The forward joined the German record champions from Manchester City for a reported 50 million euros (about 57.5 million U.S. dollars) with a contract until 2025.
Sane joined City from Schalke in 2016 for 40 million euros and has claimed two Premier League titles with the club.
The forward said he choose Bayern as his next club as he wanted to join a side capable of winning the most valuable trophy in club football.
He might need time to adjust, but knowing Bayern coach and former national team assistant Hansi Flick is making things easier.
“I am impressed with the way in which Bayern has developed under him,” he added.
Sane said he feels comfortable with his new club’s goals and is impressed by the team’s spirit and his coach’s determination. “To join Bayern at this stage is a great opportunity for me,” the attacker said.
The son of former professional Souleymane Sane emphasized he is aware of the high expectations following in the footsteps of Bayern icons Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben.
Sane said he doesn’t feel particular pressure “as I am ready to give all I can to make it easier for my team to win games.”
Bayern’s designated chairman and former German international Oliver Kahn called Sane a player that can decide and change games.
The club board member Hasan Salihamidzic said Sane could be the key in tight spaces and provide a quality push for the team as he gained mental strength while playing in the Premier League.
Munich’s current chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge called Sane “one of our fastest players.””He is the one we wanted and maybe the missing piece of the puzzle,” the 1990 World Cup winner commented.
Bayern’s new arrival said he deliberately skipped this season’s remaining Champions League campaign to have a safe start with the Bavarians.
“I wanted to fully concentrate on the start here,” Sane said.
The Essen-born attacker said he didn’t think about his progress in the German national team when making his decision, but “I know from the past that the national team always benefitted from a strong axis of Bayern players.”
He spoke of good chances for the rejuvenated German team to win the delayed 2021 European Championship.
Choosing the number ten on his Bayern shirt, formally worn by Robben, is his message “that I am ready to take responsibility and care for the teams’ success.”
Young talents such as Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham, and Erling Haaland decided to join the German Bundesliga for a good reason. “Everyone knows how quickly youngsters get the opportunity to play consistently,” Sane commented. Enditem