Leroy Sane has been reassured by Pep Guardiola that he has a future at Manchester City despite failing to make the starting line-up in their opening two Premier League matches.
Sane was named the Premier League’s young player of the year in April, having scored 14 goals and provided 19 assists in all competitions as City won the English title and the League Cup.
But the 22-year-old was left out of Germany’s squad for the World Cup, and has seen his City opportunities limited this season, appearing as a substitute in their league victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield.
Guardiola preferred to use Raheem Sterling in a left-sided forward role at the Emirates Stadium, and featured Benjamin Mendy as an attacking wing-back as Huddersfield were thrashed 6-1 last Sunday.
However, the City manager says Sane’s chances will come, and that he is not being pushed to the fringes of the squad.
“In the past two weeks in training, I’ve seen the Leroy that I know and we know. I am delighted about that,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.
“You know about his performances in pre-season, he arrived late and now he is getting back to being like Leroy is.
“We have six excellent strikers and not all of them can play. He is not being left out because we are unhappy with his performance. We have to choose now Mendy is playing