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Rummenigge eager to get Sane back to his best

Leroy Sane
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Leroy Sane was brought on for Kingsley Coman against Bayer Leverkusen and he was replaced midway through the second half, which initially did not sit well with the winger.


Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has given a stern warning to Leroy Sane by saying that the German club will “kick his butt” in order to get the best out of the former Manchester City winger.


Sane’s start to life with the German champions has been less than ideal and his Bayern career took another hit against Leverkusen on Saturday. Sane was sensationally taken off by Hansi Flick after initially being brought on for the injured Kingsley Coman in the first half of his sides 2-1 victory that saw them go top of the Bundesliga table.


The winger was bought from Premier League side Manchester City back in July on a five-year deal that was worth up to €60, however, he spent just 36 minutes on the field during the top of the table clash with Leverkusen.


The 24-year-old has gotten criticism from all corners lately and in particular, from Bayer boss Hansi Flick who told the media that Sane simply has to offer his side more if he wants to play regular football.


Rummenigge went on to say that Sane must pick up his work rate and overall game if he wants to have a successful career at Bayern Munich. The chief executive said to SPORT1


 “Leroy was not happy [to be taken off], that’s clear and understandable. God gave him incredible talents. I only believe one thing: he has not yet reached this FC Bayern gene.


“Like Thomas Muller, he was my hero yesterday. He has marched up and down, but not as protected by talent as Leroy. He has to work on that, that is his job.


“We have done everything we can to ensure that he comes to Bayern. We encourage every player, but we also challenge. He has to internalise that and the team supports him.


“He has to take the next step, Leroy has to adapt his character to FC Bayern. This character is: you forgive everything, but you have to give the impression that you are throwing everything into the balance in order to leave the field as the winner. He will have to learn that.”


Rummenigge then stated: “I believe that he can have a big future at FC Bayern. We are ready to help him, to encourage him, but he also has to challenge himself in order to get to where he can be. We will, if necessary, kick his butt to get him there.”


In what was a truly horrible night for the winger, in his 36-minute stint on the field, Sane nine times lost possession, he completed only 15 passes going at 78.9 percent and he gave away two fouls, which was the most be a Bayern player on the night.


Overall, it was a good night for the German champions as a brace from Robert Lewandowski which included an injury-time winner sent Bayern to the summit of the Bundesliga, going two points clear in the process.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.