Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff suggests that Leroy Sane benefitted from being left out of the nation’s World Cup squad
Manager Joachim Low made the controversial decision to omit Sane from his final 23-man squad for Germany’s doomed campaign at Russia.
This was despite Sane’s standout campaign at Manchester City last season, which saw him win the PFA Young Player of the Year award after helping the club claim a domestic double in breathtaking fashion.
However, Bierhoff reckons the World Cup snub may have done Sane good in the end for his development.
“The issues with Leroy have been sorted out positively. You see how Leroy is playing. Perhaps it was also a good sign for him,” Bierhoff told The Sun.
“We have said it was a mistake not to take him to the World Cup, because he is a talent. But he felt what it means not to be part of the team.
“And we have seen from him in the last few games, since he came back, that he is so motivated and focused on playing well.”
On a possible Mesut Ozil Germany comeback, Bierhoff added: “I’m sad how it finished but that chapter is over.”
Sane has managed six goals and seven assists in 18 appearances across all competitions for City this season.
The 22-year-old even scored his first two goals for Germany in the previous games against Russia and Netherlands.