Manchester City Remain ‘Hopeful’ of Keeping Leroy Sane at the Etihad Despite Bayern Interest

Manchester City reportedly remain hopeful of keeping hold of Leroy Sane amid interest from Bayern Munich.

Sane has developed into one of the Premier League’s most valuable players since moving to the Etihad, but made just 21 starts in the league this season as he struggled to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s starting XI at times.

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The German international has two years left on his deal at ?City and the club have been trying to agree an extension for several months. While negotiations have been difficult, journalist ?Sam Lee claims that City retain hope that Sane will extend his stay at the Etihad and that further contract talks will take place soon.

However, Lee also claims that if Sane doesn’t agree a new deal then he will be sold, with the journalist rating the likelihood of the move as “50/50”. 

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?Bayern look the most likely destination for Sane, as the Bundesliga champions look to replace departing legends Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery. Bayern president Uli Hoeness has already ?confirmed the club’s interest in a potential transfer.

Sane racked up impressive numbers this season despite his lack of starts, scoring 10 goals and providing 10 assists in the? Premier League.

Leroy Sane

However, Guardiola often preferred to play Bernardo Silva on the right side, particularly in the bigger games. Riyad Mahrez was also chosen ahead of Sane at times – most notably for the FA Cup final – despite largely failing to impress since his big money transfer from Leicester City last summer.

Sane played just seven minutes across the two ?Champions League semi-final legs against Tottenham, with reports suggesting Guardiola has taken issue with the German’s attitude. 

It will still take a huge bid to convince City to sell. The Manchester club paid £45m to sign Sane from Schalke in 2016 and he has since gone on to establish himself as one of the world’s best wide players. 

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Recent reports claim that Bayern have made an ?€80m starting bid as they look to bring Sane to the Allianz Arena.

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Niko Kova? Claims Bayern Munich Have ‘Rewarded Ourselves for Our Work’ Following DFB-Pokal Win

?Bayern Munich manager Niko Kova? has claimed that his side have reaped the benefits of their hard work this season.

The 47-year-old was speaking after Bayern beat RB Leipzig 3-0 in the DFB-Pokal final on Saturday night.

Two well-taken goals from Robert Lewandowski and a strike from Kingsley Coman gave ?Bayern the ?win in a thrilling, end-to-end game.

With the victory, the Bavarian side secured the domestic double after winning the ?Bundesliga last week and Kova? claims that his team have been rewarded for the work that they put in during the season.

Speaking in his post-match press conference (as quoted by the club’s ?official website), he said: ” FC Bayern will surely celebrate a lot today. We rewarded ourselves for our work and all we’ve invested.”

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Leipzig created several clear-cut chances to score throughout the game but were let down by a combination of poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping by ?Manuel Neuer.

Kova? acknowledged that his side were given a difficult test: “Leipzig were tough opponents as expected. They’ve enjoyed a very good second half of the season, you saw that especially in the first 30 minutes.

“Then we relieved the pressure a bit, and Manu [Manuel Neuer] kept the scores level twice. But taken altogether it was a deserved victory.”

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Die Roten’s cup win  was the last game in the Bayern careers of long-serving trio Rafinha, Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben, who have all announced that they will be departing the club in the summer.

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RB Leipzig 0-3 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Bavarians Secure Domestic Double

Bayern Munich beat RB Leipzig to win the DFB-Pokal in a thrilling match at Berlin’s Olympiastadion on Saturday night.

Leipzig started the game on the front foot and it was no surprise when they had the first big chance. With 11 minutes on the clock, Yussuf Poulsen got a clear run at the ball from a corner and delivered a header from close range which was brilliantly saved by Manuel Neuer, who showed quick reactions to push the ball onto the crossbar. 

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They continued to be the better team in the early stages, pressing high up the pitch and restricting Bayern to speculative shots from long range whilst creating several chances of their own.

However, they started to tire after their high-octane start, allowing Bayern to grow into the game and they eventually conceding the opening goal in the 29th minute.

Robert Lewandowski’s quality header gave Bayern the lead and Kingsley Coman helped make sure of the win for Bayern in the 78th minute when he received the ball in the area and blasted it into the top corner. The goal was checked by the VAR to see if Lewandowski had impeded substitute Dayot Upamecano in the build-up but the incident was adjudged to have not been a foul and the goal stood.

Lewandowski added gloss to the scoreline in the 85th minute. Joshua Kimmich played a ball down the line and the 30-year-old striker held off Upamecano and deftly chipped the ball over Péter Gulácsi and into the net.

Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner missed great chances to score whilst Bayern also missed clear-cut opportunities through Thiago and Mats Hummels.

Bayern picked off Leipzig as Die Bullen Roten chased an equaliser. The 3-0 scoreline flattered Bayern but this final showed that once again they are the force to be reckoned with in German football. After a difficult start to the campaign, they will be delighted to have finished it with a league and cup double.

Check out our breakdown of the game below.


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Key Talking Point

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Leipzig had the opportunity to win the first ever major trophy in this final and will look back with regret after missing a number of clear-cut chances.

The worst miss of all came in the 48th minute. Forsberg was played through on goal and was one on one with Manuel Neuer but the German number one showed his trademark sweeper-keeper ability, quickly coming off his line to close down the angle and tip the ball round the post.

Whilst Neuer is renowned for making these type of actions, it was Forsberg’s poor second touch that allowed the Bayern keeper to position himself to make the save.

Ultimately Leipzig’s lack of ruthlessness cost them and moments like these were the difference between the two sides.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Gulácsi (7); Klostermann (6), Konaté (6), Orban (6), Halstenberg (6) ; Sabitzer (7), Kampl (6), Adams (6), Forsberg (5); Werner (8)*, Poulsen (6)

Substitutes: Laimer (6), Upamecano (5), Haidara (N/A)


STAR MAN –  Timo Werner was a constant threat for Leipzig throughout the match. His pace and movement running caused lots of problems for the Bayern defence.

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The 23-year-old was crucial in setting the tone for Leipzig’s high press and his runs in behind troubled Joshua Kimmich in the early stages. 

He did have an excellent chance to score in the second half when he rounded Neuer but had his shot saved by Sule but he can still take pride from his performance.

Werner has been heavily linked to Bayern and Liverpool in the past and more displays like these will undoubtedly alert many of the top European clubs.


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Key Talking Point

Bayern started the game slowly but managed to gain a foothold in the game in the second part of the first half as Leipzig started to tire.

Their first goal not only changed the complexion of the tie but also swung the momentum of the game in their favour.

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Kingsley Coman played in the overlapping David Alaba, who delivered a cross which appeared to be behind Robert Lewandowski, yet the Pole did brilliantly to bend his neck and somehow guide the ball into the bottom corner.

It is the sign of Lewandowski’s world-class finishing ability that he managed to take his first chance of the game despite being starved of service up until that point.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Neuer (8); Kimmich (7), Süle (6), Hummels (6), Alaba (7), Coman (7), Thiago (6), Martínez (6), Müller (7), Gnabry (8); Lewandowski (9)*

Substitutes:  Tolisso (6), Robben (6), Ribery (N/A) 


STAR MAN – Once again Robert Lewandowski was the man for the big occasion. He took his two goals brilliantly.

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His first was an ingenious piece of improvisation whilst his second showed the class and composure that has made him one of the best strikers in the world.

He received the ball from Joshua Kimmich, showed great strength to hold of Upamecano and deftly chipped the ball over Gulacsi and into the Leipzig net.

The Poland international had other chances to score but on a night where several players seemed to suffer from stage-fright, he stepped up to deliver a match-winning performance.


Looking Ahead 

Leipzig can look forward to Champions League football once again next season and they will also have a new manager, with talented young coach Julian Nagelsmann taking the reigns.

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?Bayern play FC Kaiserslautern in a friendly on Monday where they are likely to field a much-changed side.

They will look to fill the sizeable void in their squad that will be left by Robben and Ribéry by recruiting a winger in the transfer window.


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FIFA 19: Ranking the New Bundesliga Team of the Season Cards

?It’s week number two of FIFA 19’s Team of the Season for Europe’s major leagues, and this time it’s the biggest and best players from the Bundesliga which have been given major upgrades.

There are 20 boosted cards which have been released in packs, surprisingly with Eintracht Frankfurt the team which has more players represented in the squad, while another two are available through Weekly Objectives.

So here’s a quick rundown of every player featured in the Bundesliga Team of the Season, excluding players available through Squad Building Challenges, as well as a 90min rating to see if these players are actually value for money upon release.


Kevin Trapp (GK)

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If you’re desperate to add a Team of the Season goalkeeper to your Bundesliga side, then Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp is the way to go.

But at more than double the price of Manuel Neuer – even his Champions League card is 50,000 coins cheaper – you might be better off investing your coins elsewhere.

Price: 145,000

90min Rating: 7/10


Joshua Kimmich (RB)

Joshua Kimmich

There’s not an instalment of FIFA that goes by where Joshua Kimmich isn’t a must-have super sub for any team. 

Nothing’s changed with his Team of the Season card, but with more in-game stats than any other right-back on the game, you need to find a way of getting Kimmich into that starting line-up.

Price: 500,000

90min Rating: 7/10


Marcel Halstenberg (LB)

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Soley from a FIFA 19 perspective, Marcel Halstenberg is undoubtedly one of the most unpopular additions to the Team of the Season.

Although his 85 pace isn’t what players want at this stage of the game, he’s the tallest gold left-back in Ultimate Team and will be perfect to stop those pesky back post headers during the Weekend League.

Price: 165,000

90min Rating: 8/10


Filip Kosti? (LWB)

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If you’re desperate for a quicker left-back in your Bundesliga side, then Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kosti? is way out in front as the quickest full back in Germany’s top flight.

Defensively, the Serbia international is on par with the majority of non-rare left backs on the game, but as an attacking player, Kosti? could be a fantastic addition.

Price: 208,000

90min Rating: 7/10


Danny Da Costa (RWB)

Danny Da Costa

Although Joshua Kimmich is considered as one of FIFA 19’s best all-rounders, Danny Da Costa could be about to take the mantle after his Team of the Season card was released.

They have near identical stats throughout the card – except for shooting – but Da Costa’s extra pace and being five inches taller should put him ahead of Kimmich as the Bundesliga’s go-to right-back.

Price: 486,000

90min Rating: 8/10


Marco Reus (CAM)

Marco Reus

Well, I guess it’s time for next Thursday’s Weekend League rewards, because Marco Reus’ stunning Team of the Season card is offensively expensive.

Given the number of special cards or Player of the Month releases that he’s already had, spending 4,000,000 coins on Reus’ Team of the Season card really doesn’t seem to be worth it (even if it is one of the best cards which we’ve seen all year).

Price: 4,003,000

90min Rating: 6/10


Julian Brandt (CAM)

Julian Brandt

If Reus is out of your price range, then maybe Borussia Dortmund’s new signing Julian Brandt is the attacking midfielder for you.

Although he doesn’t have the ability in front of goal as Reus, Brandt has the same passing and dribbling stats on the face of his card, so at a quarter at the price should be your preferred option for purely creative purposes.

Price: 821,000

90min Rating: 8/10


Kai Havertz (CAM)

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After scoring 17 league goals with Bayer Leverkusen this season, a record for a teenager in the Bundesliga, midfielder Kai Havertz has unsurprisingly picked up a massive upgrade in Team of the Season.

Although this release will be a huge “oh for f*** sake” moment for anyone who completed his Player of the Month card, Havertz’s new card rivals Reus’ as the best out of all the Team of the Season players.

Price: 2,200,000

90min Rating: 7/10


Jadon Sancho (RW)

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Jadon Sancho’s Future Stars card has been one of the most difficult wingers to come up against throughout FIFA 19, and now the England international could be standing alone as the best card on the entire game on the right wing.

More than 90 in his pace, shooting, passing and dribbling to go along with his 5* skills, Sancho could even be featured in a few Premier League squads throughout the rest of FIFA 19’s lifetime.

Price: 2,650,000

90min Rating: 7/10


Robert Lewandowski (ST)

Robert Lewandowski

Although in years gone by the quality of your front line was determined by pace alone, FIFA 19 has seen strikers like Robert Lewandowski become genuine options in attack – especially if you’ve mastered volleying it fro the edge of the box.

Price: 3,490,000

90min Rating: 6/10


Luka Jovi? (ST)

Luka Jovic

Built in a similar mould to Lewandowski, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovi? could be the perfect budget (at 1.5m coins, I know) option for a Bundesliga attack.

Even for players who don’t use Germany’s top flight as their main team, move Jovi? back to a centre-midfield position, give him that perfect link with Filip Kosti? and you’ll have two fantastic addition for any squad in the game.

Price: 1,500,000

90min Rating: 8/10


BENCH


Yann Sommer (122,000) – An outstanding acrobatic goalkeeper, but considerably shorter than even a lot of endgame strikers on FIFA 19.

Nico Schulz (259,000) – All the pace that you’ll get with Kosti? but combined with a player who actually knows how to defend.

Kerem Demirbay (393,000) – Part of the Ruud Gullit gang. Could go under the radar as one of the best cards in the Bundesliga’s Team of the Season.

Serge Gnabry (625,000) – It’s only taken forever to actually get a Serge Gnabry card in his actual position, but now everyone who was priced out of Arjen Robben’s End of Era card has got an option on the right side.

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Kevin Kampl (91,000) – Some outstanding stats but there’s really nothing to shout about for a Team of the Season.

Timo Werner (1,980,000) – He’s quick. Like, really quick.

Max Kruse (272,000) – An upgraded version of Max Kruse’s Player of the Month with over 80 pace. 

Axel Witsel (846,000) – Imagine Demirbay’s card but for a defensive player. And much taller.

Kevin Volland (235,000) – Wait, Kevin Volland got a Team of the Season? This is why you shouldn’t be allowed to vote in these things. 


Borussia Mönchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard and Werder Bremen midfielder Maximilian Eggestein are available through weekly objectives.

Prices are accurate at the time of writing.


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