Real Madrid Midfielder Toni Kroos has called into question whether German teammate Leroy Sane ‘cares whether he wins or loses’.
22-year-old winger Sane has endured an extremely difficult start to the new campaign.
After lighting up the Premier League last season with 10 goals and a sensational 15 assists, Sane has seen himself confined to the bench during the early weeks of the campaign this time out.
All told, the former Schalke man has managed just 30 minutes of Premier League football to this point.
‘Sent a message’
While it had initially been unclear why exactly Sane had been dropped by Pep Guardiola, the blistering wide-man’s complete omission from Man City’s squad for their clash with Newcastle last weekend quickly saw an explanation emerge for Pep Guardiola’s decision.
Reliable Citizens’ correspondent Sam Lee of Goal.com revealed:
‘Sources have told Goal that Pep Guardiola is unhappy with the winger’s attitude.’
‘The Catalan believes Sane needs to be sent a message’
‘Feeling of doubt’
Rather bizarrely, though, after Sane failed to make the German squad for this summer’s World Cup, the youngster was called up to Die Mannschaft’s most recent panel for their clashes with France and Peru this week, despite his lack of game-time at club level.
And one of the City starlet’s international teammates has since provided his take on Sane’s recent problems.
Speaking in the aftermath of Germany’s Nations League draw with world champions France, Real Madrid Midfielder Toni Kroos did not hold back in his assessment of Sane’s struggle for minutes on the pitch at the Etihad of late, explaining:
‘Sometimes you have the feeling that it’s a bit like he doesn’t care whether he wins or loses.’
And, though Kroos was keen to take time to mention just how much Sane’s qualities could help out Die Mannschaft moving forward, he once again questioned the winger’s attitude in adding:
‘You still sometimes have a feeling of doubt.’
Toni Kroos on Leroy Sané’s body langugage: “Sometimes you have the feeling that it’s a bit like he doesn’t care whether he wins or loses.” pic.twitter.com/jrUin90vUz
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 7, 2018
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